(UPDATE) Presidential Political Adviser Francis Tolentino on Sunday that there are 20 reported fatalities in the Cordillera Administrative Region, four from Nueva Vizcaya, and one from Ilocos Region.
President Rodrigo Duterte was scheduled to visit the provinces affected by Typhoon Ompong on Sunday (September 16, 2018).
Malacañang said that Duterte will attend situation briefings on Ompong today in Tuguegarao City and Laoag City which badly hit by the natural calamity.
The President decided to quickly visit the affected areas after the typhoon signals have been lifted on Sunday morning.
The government is now shifted to relief and rebuilding operations.
More than P1.7 billion in food packs and relief assistance were readied for distribution by the government to those who will be affected by the onslaught of the typhoon.
Duterte who usually stayed in Davao City during weekends chose to stay in Manila for the whole week to closely monitor the situation of his countrymen during the onslaught of Ompong.
“He’s in Manila. He did not leave and is monitoring,” Roque said in a briefing on Saturday.
“Knowing him, he will be the first to go to the affected area as soon as the weather will allow his choppers to take off,” he added.
Before the landfall of Ompong, Duterte ordered some of his cabinet secretaries who are living in Northern Luzon to visit their hometowns and closely monitor the situation there.
Malacanang also announced that as of writing, there are no casualties have been reported despite Ompong’s strength was being compared to Yolanda which killed thousands of Filipinos in 2013.
However, several social media posts already circulating, claiming that one family has been killed by the landslide caused by the Typhoon in Nueva Vizcaya.
According to the report of National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Ompong has affected about 137,950 people across 5 regions in the Philippines.
About 16,960 families or 64,157 people were being served in 711 evacuation centers.