PGMA distributes relief goods in 5 Laguna towns

October 10, 2009 12:30 pm 

STA. ROSA CITY, Laguna, Oct. 10 — After inspecting the new houses of relocatees from Marikina City here, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo kicked off her five-town relief distribution in the province, which lasted until past 8 p.m. Friday.

She gave away bags containing foodstuff, including 10 kilos of rice each, to the 235 relocatees from Marikina and then motored to Sta. Cruz where she kicked off the relief distribution to 7,000 families in a school basketball court, all flood victims of storm “Ondoy.”

Based on the estimates of the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA), it will take 140 days before the waters recede and the flood victims can return to their houses. In the meantime, the evacuees are being given three meals a day in the evacuation sites.

From Sta. Cruz, the Presidential convoy motored to Paete, where 120 families were waiting to receive their relief goods from the President in a public market and another 44 families (with each family averaging five members) at the Knights of Columbus headquarters. Mayor Noel Cadayaon assisted the President in distributing relief goods.

From Paete, the convoy went to Pakil, crossing through narrow flooded streets for the distribution which was held in a basketball court. Vice Mayor Renato Cadsawan and town councilors waited for the Presidential convoy which arrived after 6 p.m.

The final stop was Pila, where a tent (bearing markings of Deltaco Mabuhay base) along the narrow main road was filled with flood victims. The vice mayor welcomed the President and her party at past 7 p.m. (PNA)

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