Senator Christopher “Bong” Go welcomed the order of President Rodrigo Duterte to create an inter-agency task force that will focus on recovery and rehabilitation efforts in areas affected by recent typhoons “Rolly” and “Ulysses.”

Go reassured the public that a whole-of-government approach is under way to ensure sufficient response to victims’ needs as well as in rebuilding communities.

He emphasized that President Duterte has been consistent in issuing marching orders for agencies to assist victims and restore normalcy as soon as possible.

“Rescue and response operations of the military and uniformed personnel continue until they have assisted everyone needing help,” he assured. “All efforts are also being done to restore electricity, communication lines and water services.”

Go joined President Duterte in an aerial inspection of typhoon-ravaged towns Enrile, Iguig and Solana in Cagayan province on Sunday.

The President also met with affected residents in Solana upon landing while a briefing with national and local officials was held in Tuguegarao.

Later in the day, they went to Camarines Sur for an aerial inspection of Minalabac and Bula towns and for another briefing at the provincial capitol with key Cabinet members and local officials.

The Philippines was battered by a series of calamities in a span of two months on top of the health crisis caused by COVID-19 pandemic but the government showed it is on top of the situation, Go noted.

“All hands on deck. The President is in charge and took part in the planning and preparation process,” he said.

“We registered fewer deaths, evacuated more people, forewarned a significant number of the population and maintained safety, security, and orderliness in communities compared to similar calamities in the past.”