TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- President Rodrigo Duterte visited Cagayan province on Sunday, October 23, four days after super typhoon Lawin ravaged the province.
Duterte arrived in this city around 12 p.m. and conducted an aerial and windshield inspection before talking to victims and government officials in Tuguegarao People’s Gymnasium.
He was joined by some of his cabinet secretaries and provincial and local officials of the province.
In his speech, Duterte assured the government’s help to the farmers who lost their crops on the onslaught of super typhoon Lawin.
He said the farmers will receive a “big slice” from the P700 -billion money China pledged to the Philippines when he visited Beijing last week.
“Sa agriculture, I promise you a big slice…seedlings, abono, importante ‘yan,” Duterte said.
Duterte also said he is planning to “copy” the agricultural programs of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.
He said the government have provided immediate assistance of thousands of kilograms of corn, rice and vegetable seeds
Duterte cited the effects of climate change and industrialization on the strength of typhoons battering the Philippines.
He chided the Americans and other rich countries for its high emission of carbon dioxide, which he said is causing same damage to smaller countries that use lesser air pollutants.
“I do not agree to that fomula because it is really unfair,” he said, adding his plan to also industrialize the country.
Duterte also flew to Ilagan City to visit the victims of tyhoon in Isabela province. TNF