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WATCH: President Duterte’s speech and briefing in Batanes

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TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- On Friday, President Rodrigo Duterte and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Judy M. Taguiwalo on Friday flew to the typhoon ravaged municipalities of Batanes to personally see the condition of the people affected by recent Typhoon “Ferdie.”

Duterte was the first president to visit Batanes after being struck by a major disaster.\

Duterte acknowledged the immediate move of the DSWD in its disaster response and released, during the ceremonial turnover, some 20 Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA) checks for families whose houses were totally damaged in the municipalities of Basco, Mahatao, Ivana, Uyugan and Sabtang.

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