23 December 2015

In continuation of his visit to areas swept by typhoon Nona, President Benigno S. Aquino III flew to Pinamalayan to personally assess the extent of damage in the municipality.

Upon his arrival, the President walked through Juan Morente Sr. Memorial Pilot School and inspected ruins of classrooms and other facilities. Reports presented by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) show that as of December 21, the said school has the biggest amount of wreckage with P17,040,000 worth of damage.

President Aquino also led the ceremonial distribution of relief supplies and hygiene kits to typhoon victims provided by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Health (DOH), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Australian Agency for International Development (AUSAID).

Pinamalayan is a town in Oriental Mindoro identified as one of the areas where Typhoon Nona made its landfall last week. In a briefing conducted by the national and local goverment, Governor Alfonso Umali Jr. reported that 13 people died and 422,495 individuals were affected in the wake of the typhoon. Nonetheless, relief and rehabilitation initiated by the public and private sector are still being carried on across the entire province.

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