By Saksi Ngayon
MAASIN City, Southern Leyte – THE BBM-Sara UniTeam on Sunday visited several provinces hit by Super Typhoon Odette (international name: Rai) and turned over to local officials their assistance for displaced residents.
Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. and House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez met with Southern Leyte Gov. Damian Mercado at the provincial capitol here and handed over P2 million financial assistance and P2.5 million worth of relief goods from UniTeam in a simple ceremony.
Maasin City Mayor Nikko Mercado and his father, Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Sec. Roger Mercado witnessed the event.
They expressed their gratitude to UniTeam, its allies and friends led by Tingog Partylist, for bringing assistance to their constituents.
Romualdez said the BBM-Sara Uniteam and their allies have worked together to respond quickly to the devastation caused by Super Typhoon Odette, which ripped through the Philippines.
“We would like to assure our kababayans that help is available. We will work tirelessly until we ensure that all those who need assistance would be given the same,” Romualdez said.
“We have survived worse typhoons, including Super Typhoon Yolanda before and we are currently enduring the pandemic so I am confident that if we continue to work hand-in-hand, we will get through this challenge,” he added.
At around 11 a.m. in Agusan del Norte, their second stop on a four-province swing in Visayas and Mindanao, Marcos and Romualdez turned over to Butuan City Mayor Ronnie Vicente Lagnada and Vice Mayor Jose “Joboy” Aquino II P2 million financial assistance and P5 million worth of relief goods from UniTeam.
As of press time Sunday, the UniTeam is scheduled to visit Bohol and Cebu provinces in the afternoon to also provide aid to typhoon victims.