by Lou Ellen Antonio
TUBOD, Lanao del Norte (PIA)–The Office of the Vice President (OVP) provided 500 sacks of rice to families in the municipalities of Tubod and Baroy who were affected by the flooding caused by the trough of the low-pressure area, January 2.
Of the 500 sacks given, 440 sacks were turned over to Tubod, while Baroy received the remaining 60 sacks. According to the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council-10, there were 2,202 affected families in Tubod and 1,021 affected families in Baroy.
A ceremonial turn-over was held at the Tubod Cultural Center, wherein 30 residents received 10 kilos of rice each and food packs from the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office.
“Para po sa lahat ng mga kababayan natin na nabahaan ang bigas na ito. Tanggapin niyo po ‘yung tulong na binigay sa atin ng ating Vice President Sara Duterte,” said Aldrine Fermin, a representative from the OVP Disaster Operations Center, said.
This rice is for the residents who have been flooded. Please accept the help given by our Vice President Sara Duterte.)
Primitiva Atamosa, a resident of Barangay Poblacion, Tubod, is thankful for the assistance given to them.
“Daghang salamat sa tabang ni vice president. Dako nani nga tabang sa amoang naigo sa baha,” she said.
(Thank you very much for the help of the vice president. It is a big help to those who were hit by the flood)
Meanwhile, Governor Imelda “Angging” Dela Cruz Quibranza conveyed gratitude to Vice President Sara Duterte for reaching out to the affected communities.
“Daghan kaayong salamat, vice president, sa imohang gihatag nga ayuda diri sa lalawigan sa Lanao del Norte. Kami nalipay kaayo og dako nga ikaw nagpakabana gayud sa imong mga kaigsuonan nga naapektuhan sa low pressure area,” she said.
(To our beloved vice president, thank you very much, for your help in Lanao del Norte province. We are very happy and grateful that you really care about your sisters and brothers who were affected by low pressure area)
The governor also reiterated the bad practices of residents that contributed to the heavy flooding in their communities. She emphasized that the climate is changing. Hence, she reminded the residents to properly manage and dispose of their waste and stop the illegal cutting of trees in the mountains.
The Municipal Social Welfare and Development Offices of Tubod and Baroy will repack the rice assistance and distribute it to the affected families. (LELA/PIA-10/Lanao del Norte/With reports from PIO LDN)