By Bernadette E. Tamayo | The Manila Times
FORMER senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. on Tuesday deployed rapid-response teams to help victims of tropical storm "Maring" in Northern Luzon.
Marcos, who hails from Ilocos Norte, has dispatched teams from Manila and nearby provinces to distribute relief goods and extend assistance in areas hardest hit by the storm.
"I have given instructions to activate our quick response teams in Manila and in key areas in Northern Luzon. Our staff and volunteers have started shoring up our relief packs," Marcos said in a statement. "Each team that will be dispatched will bring with them relief packs that will consist of rice, slippers, vitamins and KN95 masks as a standard kit."
He also thanked the volunteers and donors who extended help despite a very short notice.
"Inihahanda na po natin ang lahat ng ating maaaring maitulong sa inyo (We're preparing everything that we can provide to help you)," Marcos assured the typhoon victims.
"Makakaasa po kayong maipaparating natin ito sa ating mga kababayan (Rest assured that we will send this to our fellowmen)," Marcos said.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Wednesday said that there were already 478 families or 1,638 individuals affected by Maring's onslaught.
About 247 families or 850 individuals were currently staying in evacuation centers in Cagayan Valley, Mimaropa (Mindoro-Marinduque-Romblon-Palawan) and Cordillera.
The NDRRMC also reported that at least nine people died after strong winds and torrential rains battered the region as Maring exited the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR).
The council said that three persons died in a landslide incident in La Trinidad, Benguet; one in Itogon, Benguet; one drowned in Claveria, Cagayan; and another four people drowned in Palawan due to flashfloods.