LAOAG CITY – The provincial government of Ilocos Norte continues to distribute relief goods and home construction materials to families affected by Typhoon Mario (International name: Fung-Wong).
“The typhoon has caused widespread damages, and right now we are doing the best we can to provide temporary aid to homes and families which were displaced,” Gov. Imee Marcos said.
Over P3,503,369.00 worth of relief packs were already dispersed provincewide by the provincial government thru its Social Welfare and Development Office.
Three hundred and fifty relief packs were handed over by Marcos to the residents in six severely affected barangays at Piddig, Ilocos Norte that included Abucay, Marwaya, Mangitayag, Libnaoan, Lubitak and Maab-abaca. Each pack contained rice grains, canned goods, biscuit, noodles, a bag of sugar and other ready to eat food products.
Families in Marcos, Banna and Nueva Era whose houses were damaged were supplied with relief goods together with home repair materials. Baked products and recycled GI temporary roof sheets were also provided to the residents of Barangay Davila in Pasuquin on September 21.
A Philippine Airforce C-130 aircraft landed at the Laoag International Airport on September 21, 2014 carrying over 3,000 packs of relief goods from the National DSWD for distribution to disaster-stricken families.
“Aside from relief goods, we are also supplying GI sheets, lumber and nails for home repair,” Marcos added.
As of now, P2,005,460.00 worth of construction materials were already delivered to some municipalities in Ilocos Norte.
The province was placed under a state of calamity due to heavy damage wrought by tropical storm Mario to infrastructure, agricultural crops and livelihood.
According to the latest report of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management and Resiliency Council (PDRRMC), damage in agriculture was more than P493,732,526 and damage to infrastructure was P204,332,832. The total estimated worth of damage brought by Mario in Ilocos Norte is P665,321,264.
Recently, Marcos met with agriculture stakeholders to develop plans for the speedy recovery of the agriculture industry which is the primary source of livelihood of Ilocano families.
“Agyamyaman kami ken ni Gob. Marcos gapu ti inpaayna nga tulong kadakami,” Arlene Ramones, 34, a resident of Barangay 20 at Vintar, Ilocos Norte, said. (We are grateful to Gov. Marcos for the help she has given to us) Ramones and her family were one of those who were severely affected, their crops having been devastated by the calamity.
The province of Ilocos Norte hereby seeks more support from the public on behalf of its affected communities in the form of any amount or kindness. Cash donations for the victims of the typhoon Mario in the Province of Ilocos Norte are now being accepted through the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) account #0545-011959-030 (PGIN Trust Fund) and personal remittance at the Provincial Treasury Office (PTO). For confirmation, contact Provincial Treasurer Josephine Calajate at 772-0037. (From a report of Alyanna Yvenice T. Miguel, PGIN-CMO)