Leyte gov, Tanauan mayor thank national gov’t for post-‘Yolanda’ assistance

February 26, 2014 6:42 am 

MANILA, Feb. 25 — Leyte Governor Leopoldo Dominico Petilla and Tanauan Mayor Pelajo Tecson Jr. on Tuesday thanked President Benigno S. Aquino III for the assistance to the residents affected by typhoon "Yolanda" that struck the province last year.

During his speech at the Tanauan Plaza, Petilla said that four months since "Yolanda", the efforts are now seen from collective efforts to rise back from the destruction and devastation.

He thanked the President for visiting the province of Leyte and chose to celebrate the 28th anniversary of the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution with them.

“Ako po’y natutuwa at pati na rin ang buong probinsiya ng Leyte, sa pagbisita ng Pangulong 'Noynoy' Aquino sa araw na ito at pinili niya pa ang napakahalagang araw na ito,” said Petilla.

He was proud to announce that while the residents of Leyte are slowly recovering, the visit of President Aquino as well as other national officials gave them more hope.

“Tayo ay nakakabangon na at ang pagbisita ng ating Pangulo at iba pang matataas na opisyal sa ating gobyernong nasyonal ay lalong nakakapagbibigay sa atin, sa mga Leyteno ng pag-asa na ang lahat ng pagsubok ay ating malalagpasan,” he said.

Petilla also said that Leytenos were more inspired by the local government of Tanauan led by Mayor Tecson, who exerted effort to revive the town as it is now breaking ground its town plaza projects and starting its relocation site projects.

“Muli, maraming salamat sa ating mahal na Pangulo sa kaniyang pagbisita, sana patuloy rin nating magunita ang diwa ng pagkakaisa at pag-asa ng EDSA People Power,” the governor said.

For his part, Mayor Tecson said that the President’s visit was a sign that the Chief Executive was “all-out” to help victims of "Yolanda."

“I met the President day three of 'Yolanda' at Tacloban airport…the President received me well and he assured me, he said, ‘Mayor, don’t worry, the government will help you’,” Tecson said.

“Since that time on, many help had come our way — from relief foods, medicines, security augmentation, temporary shelters and classrooms, restoration of power lines in our main streets as early as week two, construction materials…” he added.

The Mayor said that he was pleased to see how houses that used to be made of nipa, which were ravaged by the typhoon, are now replaced by ones made of galvanized iron.

He also announced that the Tanauan Plaza will be modernized, with a bigger ampitheater as well as a memorial wall for World War II and "Yolanda" victims and it will be done before fiesta.

“Indeed, the spirit of EDSA lives on in Tanauan,” Tecson said, ending his speech. (PNA)



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