OVP-DOC delivers more relief aids to Laguna LGUs

OVP-DOC delivers more relief aids to Laguna LGUs

By Rjhay E. Laurea

PAGSANJAN, Laguna — The Office of the Vice President-Disaster Operations Center (OVP-DOC) delivered more relief assistance to this town and the city of Cabuyao.

Pagsanjan and Cabuyao each received 50 sacks of rice, 15 boxes of noodles, and 75 packs of biscuits from OVP-DOC delivered the other day.

Earlier, the OVP-DOC had its two rounds of relief operations in the province, distributing items to the city of San Pedro on November 1 and the town of Paete and the cities of Biñan and Sta. Rosa, on November 9.

Pagsanjan Mayor Cesar Areza, who received the relief goods, said the OVP was the first to respond to their needs.

Areza also thanked the Vice President for sending the relief assistance which will be given to the affected families in riverside areas.

“Ang priority po ay itong mga tinamaan ng bagyong Paeng at ito po ang mga taong nasa riverside. Yung tulong po namin hindi sapat at kulang na kulang. Kayo lang po talaga ang tumulong una sa amin, wala pong ibang agency kaya po malaking bagay itong tulong na ito. Gagawin po namin kaagad na mapamigay ito para po sa aming mga kababayan na naapektohan ng bagyong Paeng (The priority is those who were victims of Typhoon Paeng and these are the people living in the riverside. The aid we provide is not enough. You were the only one who helped us, no other agency, that’s why it is a very big help to us),” the mayor said.

Areza added that the town was easily flooded as there are seven river tributaries across Pagsanjan.

Cabuyao Vice Mayor Leif Opiña, on the other hand, said most of the affected families in his city live around Laguna Lake and had to evacuate the night the typhoon hit the city.

“Napakarami po naming inilikas na mga kababayan doon po sa mga barangays na mababa along Laguna Lake (So many of our countrymen in the low-lying barangays along Laguna Lake were evacuated),” he said.

“Ang challenge ngayon ay meron pa kaming mga areas, especially sa coastal barangays, na mataas pa rin ang tubig hanggang ngayon (The challenge now is we still have areas, especially the coastal barangays where floodwaters are still deep until now),” Opiña added.

The Vice Mayor, who was with some barangay captains of the city, thanked the Vice President for the assistance sent.

“Sa ating pinakamanahal na Bise Presidente Sara Duterte, maraming salamat po sa inyong tulong at suporta para sa ating mga kababayan dito sa Cabuyao, Laguna. Makakaasa po kayo na sa pamamagitan po ng ating tanggapan sa city government, pati po sa ating mga kasamahan dito sa barangay, ay maipaparating po natin ang tulong sa lahat ng mga kababayang nangangailangan (To our beloved Vice President Sara Duterte, thank you to all your help and support for our countrymen here in Cabuyao, Laguna. We assure you that through the office of the city government and the barangays, your help will reach the needy),” the mayor said.

The OVP-DOC had also distributed relief assistance to the City of Bacoor in Cavite, Maguindanao del Sur, Maguindanao del Norte, Cotabato City, Hilongos and Bato in Southern Leyte, Zamboanga City, and the Province of Antique last November 4, and in the Province of Cagayan on November 9. (ai/mtvn)

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