PGMA distributes food packs to flood victims in her hometown

October 7, 2009 11:23 pm 

LUBAO, Pampanga, Oct. 8 — President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo returned to her hometown early Wednesday evening to extend her help and support to her Cabalens, who have been experiencing perennial flooding in this low-laying town.

Together with Lubao Mayor Dennis Pineda and Barangay chairman Pedro Dabu, the President visited Barangay San Rafael Baruya where she led the distribution of relief goods to her town mates, whose houses were submerged in floodwaters as high as six feet.

Each food pack containing three kilos of rice and assorted canned goods were distributed to some 500 beneficiaries, who were so delighted upon seeing the President.

Suzette Cariego, a 24-year old housewife, narrated that their house is still under water.

During the height of storm Ondoy, she said, the floodwaters reached to more than five feet with banca as their only mode of transportation.

“I would like to thank the President for the relief goods, especially for the medicines,” she said in Kapampangan dialect.

A medical caravan was also set up in the area to provide assistance to the needy residents.

After the distribution of relief goods, the Chief Executive went to Barangay Calangain to meet and listen on the concerns of the local officials there.

Since the devastation of the recent typhoons in the country, the President has been busy going around to different areas of the country to personally extend services and listen to the needs and concerns of the flood victims. (PNA)

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