Aquino distributes livelihood assistance to calamity victims in St. Bernard

January 15, 2011 2:34 am 

ST. BERNARD, Southern Leyte, Jan. 14 — President Benigno S. Aquino III on Friday personally distributed livelihood assistance and relief goods to the affected families of mud slides and flash floods here as a result of the week-long torrential rains in Region 8.

Immediately after his visit in Legaspi City in Albay, the President proceeded to the St. Bernard Central School, currently used as a evacuation center, to inspect the conditions of the evacuees and assess the impact of the twin calamities that hit the region, including in neighboring Samar province.

After leading the disaster risk reduction management meeting on the effects of flooding in Southern Leyte, the President led the distribution of relief goods and assorted vegetable and rice seeds to 220 evacuee-families or 953 individuals of Barangays Ma. Socorro, Malibago & Himatagon.

St. Bernard Mayor Rico Rentuza said majority of the affected families were farmers who need immediate livelihood assistance.

He said St. Bernard has 18 evacuation centers housing a total 1,500 families or 7,500 persons affected by the flooding and mudslides.

The other two evacuation centers are the Cristo Rey Regional High School with 66 families or 244 individuals; and the New Guinsaugon Elementary School with 215 families or 774 individuals.

Office of Civil Defense Regional Director Angel Gaviola reported to the President that since January 1, the province has experienced torrential rains and recorded some 400 to 500 millimeters of rainfall due to the tail end of the cold front (TECF) in the Eastern Visayas Region

Also present during the disaster risk management briefing were Southern Leyte Governor Damian Mercado and lone district Representative Roger Mercado.

Joining the President in his visit here were Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Edwin Lacierda, Social Worker and Development Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman, Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, and National Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin. (PNA) LAM/PCOO/cdls/utb

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