‘Min­i­mal in­fra dam­age’ – Tu­gade

Manila Times - - News - JORDEENE B. LAGARE AND LISBET K. ESMAEL

Trans­porta­tion Sec­re­tary Arthur Tu­gade on Sun­day claimed Typhoon Om­pong only brought “min­i­mal” dam­age to in­fra­struc­ture.

Tu­gade at­trib­uted this re­sult to “pre­emp­tive in­for­ma­tion dis­sem­i­na­tion” of the gov­ern­ment that “helped re­duce dam­age, ca­su­al­ties.”

“There was a min­i­mal dam­age to in­fra­struc­ture. [It will not ex­ceed] P35 [mil­lion] to P45 mil­lion,” he said in a

Of­fi­cial break­down of dam­age to in­fra­struc­ture has yet to be re­leased by the Na­tional Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion and Man­age­ment Coun­cil.

Tu­gade said Om­pong, which hit the Philip­pines on Satur­day, de­stroyed the bag­gage carousel and x-ray ma­chine of Tugue­garao Air­port in Ca­gayan. The prov­ince was directly in the path of the storm.

Loakan Air­port in Baguio was also dam­aged by the typhoon.

In the same news con­fer­ence, Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte said the De­part­ment of Pub­lic Works and High­ways (DPWH) must build more gym­na­sia for evac­u­a­tion dur­ing calami­ties.

“I want the DPWH to de­sign a shel­ter for evac­u­a­tion pur­poses,” he said.

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