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Feb 08

The President’s visit to Dumaguete and Negros Oriental

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Fokker F-27 of PAF on which cabinet rode.

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Social Welfare Secretary Soliman, Defense Secretary Gazmin

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Public Works Secretary Singson settles in

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Interior Secretary Robredo and Agriculture Secretary Alcala

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Choppers at tarmac of Dumaguete airport

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DPWH regional director updates Sec. Singson upon arrival in Dumaguete

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Water containers for stranded residents being loaded onto a chopper

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The presidential chopper

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Drums of aviation fuel for the choppers

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Sec. Alcala being updated on NFA stocks, crop damage, upon arrival in Dumaguete

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Health Secretary Ona consults with Sec. Soliman

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Sec. Singson discusses map of damaged infrastructure

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President arrives

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President disembarks from aircraft

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During huddle with Cabinet prior to inspections, various data maps are consulted

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Preparing to board our chopper for Guihulngan

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Boarding our chopper bound for Guihulngan

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Intrepid PAF pilots

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Other choppers in the group prepare to take off

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Taking off from Dumaguete

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Benito Ramos of the NDRRMC surveys the landscape

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Going over water

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View of lead chopper in the party

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Approaching Negros Oriental

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Approaching Negros Oriental

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You can start to see white gashes –signs of landslides in the vicinity of La Libertad

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Approaching shore

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Landslide in mountain in vicinity of La Libertad

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Approaching landing zone in Guihulngan

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People camped out in Guihulngan

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More views of people in tents, Guihulngan

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Evacuees at public school where choppers landed

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Other choppers in the party start to land in the school’s field

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The mayor of Guihulngan greets Sec. Robredo

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President’s chopper landing

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President disembarks from chopper

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President in impromptu conference with mayor of Guihulngan

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Quake damage to walls and fences

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Quake damage to fences

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Upon our arrival at seaside boulevard, first clear sign is sidewalk detached from road

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Damage to a home, Guihulngan

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Quake damage, Guihulngan

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The President and the mayor of Guihulngan

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President, Sec. Singson, Sec. Gazmin inspect damaged road; President noticed the thin layers of asphalt in some places, and the sandy nature of the soil underneath: says this suggests earth not compacted enough and substandard construction…

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President giving instructions to Sec. Soliman as Sec. Almendras looks at the damage

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Newsman filming damage

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Mayor of Guihulngan telling the President aftershocks causing cracks to widen

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Newsmen are fascinated by the big cracks in the road

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Vista of seaside boulevard and extensive damage it sustained; President suggested to mayor it may be better to rebuild the road further from shore, the mayor seemed unhappy with the idea.

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Sec. Soliman and the mayor of Guihulngan discuss the need for more tents (500 additional to be delivered within the day)

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President after inspecting ruins

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Another damaged home

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Guihulngan residents greeting the President

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Sec. Soliman translates some of the President’s remarks into Bisaya

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President as residents sing him “Happy Birthday”

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The mayor of Guihulngan and the President discussing requirements further

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The President pointing out to Sec. Singson his observations about the way these roads were built

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Road damage

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Slight damage to exterior of city market; mayor says he’s kept it shut down out of an abundance of caution; President walked around perimeter and peered into market with a flashlight, but no structural damage evident. Singson said engineers on their way to inspect public buildings so that safe ones can be used immediately.

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NDRRMC chief Ramos peers at public market

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Trucks with rice from Cebu arrive in vicinity of market

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Also a shipment of water

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Sec. Roxas and Ballsy Aquino Cruz talk to residents: one alarmed resident asked Sec. Roxas, “Sir are we all going to be evacuated? Like Japanese times?”

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Sec. Soliman and Sec. Ona consulting on how to attend to a 73 year-old stroke victim’s needs; President halted his convoy when he spotted her lying on a bed by the side of the road

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President listens as Sec. Ona is told the medical circumstances of the unfortunate lady; DSWD and DOH would attend to her needs, particularly to help rehydrate her

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President talking to evacuees in Guihulngan public school, shortly before boarding chopper to inspect La Libertad

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President’s chopper takes off for La Libertad. Chopper I was on lacked gas and had to go straight back to Dumaguete

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Flying back to Dumaguete

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Science Secretary Montejo preparing to give his briefing

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President as the NDRRMC briefing begins. For some details given please see my Storify story, which has what I liveTweeted:

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