BBM President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. leads the distribution of DSWD relief packs and other items to Paeng victims at an evacuation center in Brgy. San Jose II, Noveleta, Cavite on Monday, October 31, 2022. The President was assisted by DSWD Secretary Erwin Tulfo and Noveleta, Cavite Mayor Dino Chua. Photo by DENNIS ABRINA

PBBM leads relief drive in Cavite

October 31, 2022 Dennis Abrina 1022 views

NOVELETA, Cavite — President Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ R. Marcos Jr. together with DSWD Secretary Erwin Tuflo led the distribution of relief goods at the Barangay San Jose II Evacuation Center in Noveleta, Cavite following an aerial inspection of the damage wrought by Typhoon Paeng on Monday, October 31, 2022.

Mayors Dino Chua of Noveleta, Angelo Aguinaldo of Kawit, Voltaire Ricafrente of Rosario together with Mayor Luis ‘Jon Jon’ Ferrer IV and Strike Revilla of Bacoor welcomed the country’s chief executive.

“Gagawa po tayo ng maraming evacuation centers para hindi tayo nasasalanta ng husto ng kalamidad tulad nito” President Marcos said in his speech.

“Titiyakin po natin na mayroon sapat na pangangalingan ang lahat ng evacuees tulad ng pagkain at tubig hanggang makabalik sa inyong kanya kanyang mga tahanan. May dala po tayong kaunting tulong sa inyo, kami po ay magpupulong ng mga mayors at ni Governor Jonvic tungkol dito sa ibang pang tulong ng ating pamahalaan.” Marcos added.

Noveleta was one of the heaviest hit towns in Cavite with ten out of its 16 barangays still flooded.

Noveleta Mayor Dino Chua said the ten flooded are undergoing clearing operations with assistance from requested personnel support from the Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine Navy, Philippine Army and the provincial government.

Governor Jonvic Remulla reported during the program that 10 residents died during the onslaught of Typhoon Paeng while about 60,000 families were affected.

The local government has rescued several locals and housed them in local evacuation centers with food provisions.

Mayor Chua also called for financial aid for affected residents as well as food supplies and relief goods.

Barangay San Jose II Chair Jay Alix Lontoc said the sudden flooding caused by Paeng in their locality resulted to property damages with people in need of food and financial assistance.

Brgy. San Jose II has a population of around 2,000 consisting of 650 families all affected by the recent flood. Most families have left the local evacuation center and have returned to clean their homes on Sunday.

The Noveleta Municipal Social Welfare and Development under Jinky Sidocon stated the need for psychosocial assistance for some locals especially children who are in need of debriefing in line with Paeng’s aftermath.