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President Duterte conducts aerial inspection of habagat-affected areas

President Rodrigo R. Duterte, along with National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Executive Director Ricardo Jalad (right) and Special Assistant to the President Christopher Go, conducts an aerial inspection of flood-hit areas in the National Capital Region and Central Luzon on August 15. KING RODRIGUEZ/PPD

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday conducted an aerial inspection of the areas affected by the southwest monsoon (habagat) that brought heavy rains in most parts of Luzon over the weekend.

An aerial view of Marikina River during a reconaisance with President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on August 15, 2016. TOTO LOZANO/PPD

The aerial inspection of Metro Manila including Pasig and Marikina River and La Mesa Dam was made after the President met with concerned government officials from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

During the briefing, NDRRMC Executive Director Ricardo Jalad and DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo informed the President that the heavy monsoon rains and floods have so far displaced over 19,000 families. They are currently housed in 104 evacuation centers.

Last Saturday, the local government has implemented pre-emptive evacuation after the Marikina River reached critical level at 18 meters.

The President instructed the DSWD to give priority on the safety of the public and make sure that all relief and family packs are available for the remaining evacuees.

The President has also directed the Department of Agriculture to make immediate assessment on the damages to the agriculture.

The Office of Civil Defense has reported five casualties, six injuries and one missing. Jelly Musico/PNA/

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