By Ryan Ponce Pacpaco | Journal News Online
MAASIN City, Southern Leyte – THE UniTeam Alliance led by former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte braved the rains in their commitment to intensify its Humanitarian and Relief Mission to provinces badly hit by Super Typhoon Odette weeks ago, Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (CMD) President Martin G. Romualdez said as the team returned to Southern Leyte and Siargao Island on Wednesday morning and visited Dumaguete City in the afternoon.
Romualdez, House Majority Leader and Leyte’s 1st district representative, said the BBM-Sara tandem has been doubling efforts to help the typhoon victims, most of whom were left with nothing following Odette’s onslaught.
“More aid will be given to Southern Leyte and Siargao,” said Romualdez, representative of Leyte’s 1st District. “We will be relentless in helping our people just as they have been hopeful and strong amidst these difficult times.”
The House Majority Leader said the UniTeam, together with Lakas-CMD, will also help the affected areas expedite the rehabilitation of their homes and communities.
“Rest assured that we will extend assistance not only in relief operations, but also in the more important task of rehabilitation. I have seen the damages wrought by Typhoon Odette, and I know that the national government needs to lend a helping hand to get you back on your feet,” Romualdez, caretaker of Southern Leyte said.
MORE AID DELIVERED
At 8:30 a.m., Marcos turned over to Southern Leyte Gov. Damian Mercado another P1 million in financial assistance, 2,000 sacks of rice, and 77 units of solar flashlight with charger at the Maasin City Airport.
UniTeam and Tingog Party-list also handed over to hard-hit San Ricardo town in Southern Leyte P500,000 in financial aid and 500 sacks of rice for typhoon victims through Mayor Roy Salinas.
Salinas was not able to attend the event at the Maasin City Airport due to bad weather condition in the province.
Last December 19, the UniTeam gave Mercado P2 million in financial help and P2.5 million worth of relief goods through the help of Tingog party-list.
At 10:30 a.m in Siargao Airport, Duterte turned over P1 million in financial aid and 1,000 sacks of rice to Surigao del Norte Rep. Robert Ace Barbers for the victims of Super Typhoon Odette.
In the same event, Marcos handed over to Gen. Luna, Siargao Mayor Cecilia L. Rusillon P500,000 in financial assistance and 2,000 sacks of rice for typhoon victims.
The UniTeam also donated one portable solar panel system and one water purifier system for the local leaders of Surigao del Norte.
Last December 20, the UniTeam turned over to Surigao del Norte Gov. Francisco Matugas and Surigao del Norte Rep. Francisco Jose II “Bingo” Matugas P2 million in financial assistance and 2,000 food packs worth P1 million, 3,000 bags of rice to be distributed in Surigao del Norte (2,000 bags) and Siargao Island (1,000 bags) at Dapa, Siargao Island.
Marcos and Duterte also visited Negros Oriental 1 p.m. Wednesday to send P2 million in financial help and 2,000 sacks of rice to reelectionist Gov. Roel Degamo at the provincial capitol in Dumaguete City.
At the same time, the camp of Negros Oriental Rep. Arnie Teves through Bayawan City Mayor Henry Pryde Teves, who is running for governor, received P1 million in financial assistance and 1,000 sacks of rice from UniTeam at the Bacong gym in Bacong, Negros Oriental.
Last December 19 and 20, the UniTeam provided cash assistance and other relief goods to eight provinces namely Siargao Island in Surigao del Norte, Masbate, Capiz, Negros Occidental, Southern Leyte, Butuan City in Agusan del Norte, Bohol and Cebu.
Within the two-day period, P15 million worth of financial assistance and P23.3 million worth of relief items were delivered to the calamity victims.
The UniTeam also delivered P1 million worth of construction materials for the repair of shattered houses and several thousands bags of rice intended for distribution to calamity victims.