“I need to ask myself. Did the government do enough to prevent this kind of a tragedy? I don’t think I can accept that we have done everything,” Mr. Aquino told evacuees at Cagayan de Oro Central School during a visit to the disaster zone four days after Tropical Storm “Sendong” struck. “I know we could have done more.”
Areas devastated by tropical storm Sendong have been declared under a state of calamity, allowing the mobilization of national resources to augment relief and rehabilitation efforts of local governments as the death toll from floods and landslides rose to almost a thousand, with nearly 20,000 families displaced by heavy rains in Northern Mindanao at the weekend.
The President promised not only immediate assistance, but also that his administration would "fine-tune all of the systems in place so that now we can prevent this tragedy from ever happening.” He pledged to conduct a full fact finding inquiry, to relocate people living in danger zones, and a doubling of reforestation efforts to create a natural barrier against flood.