President Duterte proposed the use of fallen coconut trees and “trapal” for the temporary shelter of “Odette” survivors.
PRESIDENT DUTERTE — The Philippine President proposed the use of fallen coconut trees and “trapal” or tarpaulin sheets for the temporary shelter of “Odette” survivors.
The President said on Monday that he saw some survivors sleeping outdoors with only “plastic over their heads” in his “soul-bruising” visit of typhoon-hit areas.
During his “Talk to the People” public briefing aired late on Monday night, the President instructed the social welfare department to buy “trapal” that was good for 6 people because it would protect them from the cold.
President Duterte added he also saw that almost all the coconut trees were uprooted by the typhoon in the island of Siargao.
The President also acknowledged though that coconut lumber was “not really advisable to be used”, but the fallen coconut trees can be used for a temporary shelter.
“If there is a sense there, magpabili muna ako ng chainsaw… Doon na lang natin gawin iyong materials,” the President said. “Kung sino iyong may-ari ng mga lands that are planted with coconut tapos natumba, ibigay mo na lang sa kapwa tao mo kasi iyong lumber doon, doon na. Kung sa Siargao, magtayo ng mini-sawmill doon, madali lang.”
The President also said in a taped meeting that he planned to revisit areas ravaged by the typhoon.
“So I will have to hurry up… I will return to the areas that were hit,” President Duterte said in Filipino.
To recall, the President said that he will be on full work mode throughout the holidays.