By Bernadette E. Tamayo | The Manila Times
FORMER senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio on Sunday continued their relief operations in typhoon-hit areas in Leyte, Butuan, Bohol, Cebu and Masbate.
Marcos' camp on Wednesday on the former senator's supporters and volunteers to repack relief goods in anticipation of a massive relief effort.
Donors and volunteers trooped to the tandem's warehouse in Taguig City, bringing with them sacks of rice, tons of canned goods and other essentials.
Marcos personally delivered some relief goods to the provincial capitol in Maasin City, Southern Leyte that were received by Gov. Damian Mercado and House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez.
The BBM (Bongbong Marcos)-Sara UniTeam next visited Butuan City, where about 7,000 families from 43 barangay (villages) were affected by the typhoon.
Another team delivered relief assets in Bohol.
The tandem's volunteers also visited affected areas in Cebu, among them Mandaue City, which recorded six fatalities.
Marcos thanked the donors and volunteers who took time to heed his call in such a short notice.
"Nakatataba ng pusong isipin na kahit may pandemya ay buhay pa rin sa ating mga Pilipino ang bayanihan (It's so heartwarming to think that the communal spirit is alive despite the pandemic)," he said.
He earlier appealed to electric cooperatives in Luzon and Mindanao that were not affected by the typhoon to send linemen and materials to areas where electricity has not been restored "so we can all have a bright Christmas." Marcos and Romualdez met with Mercado at the provincial capitol 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 Secretary Roger Mercado, thanked the UniTeam, its allies and friends led by Tingog party-list, for bringing assistance to their constituents.
"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.
Marcos and Romualdez also turned over to Butuan City Mayor Ronnie Vicente Lagnada and Vice Mayor Jose "Joboy" Aquino 2nd P2-million financial aid and P5-million worth of relief goods from the UniTeam.
The UniTeam was scheduled to visit Bohol and Cebu provinces on Sunday afternoon to also provide aid to typhoon victims.