Aquino ‘hands-on’ in risk management, to visit victims

Posted at 10/02/11 1:11 PM

 MANILA, Philippines - Malacanang said President Benigno Aquino III is hands-on in helping those affected by the typhoons even if he has not been seen around with them.

In an interview with radio dzRB, Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said Aquino will, in fact, attend a National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) meeting at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Valte brushed off criticisms that Aquino has not been too visible in helping the victims of the typhoons.

“When he was in Japan, even when he had a meeting, he was still monitoring the situation here. He has been coordinating with the different agencies concerned,” she said.

Valte also said Aquino is scheduled to visit the victims of the calamities.

“We are just firming up his schedule,” she said.

Rescuers are still struggling to evacuate thousands of people trapped in their homes, especially in Bulacan and Pampanga, which have been inundated by massive floods.

Asked if Malacanang will declare a state of calamity, Valte only said: “I will check, but I have mot heard of any instructions to that effect.”