ORMOC CITY, Leyte, July 14 (PIA) - President Rodrigo Roa Duterte visited yesterday quake-stricken areas in Leyte to assess the situation following a 6.5 quake last July 6.
Upon arrival at Ormoc City airport, the president was warmly welcomed by the local government officials in Leyte led by Leyte governor Dominico Leopoldo L. Petilla, 4th district congresswoman Lucy Torres Gomez, Ormoc City mayor Richard Gomez, Kananga mayor Rowena M. Codilla and other officials who expressed their utmost thanks to the president for his quick action, sincere sympathy and compassion to the people in Leyte.
In his short speech, the president expressed satisfaction on the actions taken by various agencies concerned as he listened to the situational briefing of the cabinet secretaries.
“I am satisfied with the reports and the actions taken. I hope that we have done something to show to the people that government is working, yun lang naman ang amin eh. That there is a government, a functioning one that your money is protected, that everything will be put to good use and again I assure you that there will be no corruption in the next 5 years,” the president said.
He emphasized that he will never tolerate corruption in all cases.
The president who stayed in Ormoc City for an hour was elated of the warm reception of the people.
According to him, the situational briefing is one way of explaining to the people how the government is responding in times of crisis.
In said occasion, the president likewise expressed concern to the families of the victims of the earthquake as he gave financial assistance to the families of those who died.
It can be recalled that the 6.5 magnitude quake last July 6 has resulted to the death of two persons, 351 injured and affected nearly 9 thousand families in quake-hit areas particularly in Ormoc City and in the municipality of Kananga, Leyte.(ajc/cba/PIA8)