‘Minimal infra damage’ – Tugade
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.