By Franco Regala
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga — Atleast 5, 291 families displaced by flash floods in Masantol town on Saturday received relief goods distributed by Vice Governor Dennis Pineda.
Pineda distributed relief goods to residents of barangays Sapang Kawayan, Nigui, Sagrada, Bagang, Balibago, Alauli, Bebe Anac and Bebe Matua.
The vice governor was assisted by 4th District Board Members Nelson Calara and Pol Balingit, Masantol Mayor Dan Guinto, Former Apalit Mayor Jun Titangco, Former Masantol Vice Mayor Jun Lacap, Councilor Buboy Lacap, members of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO), Provincial Social Welfare Development Office (PSWDO), Provincial Information Office (PIO) and Municipal Disaster Reduction Risk Management Office (MDRRMO).
Receiving the relief goods were 1,105 beneficiaries in Sapang Kawayan; 859 in Nigui; 500 in Sagrada; 727 in Bagang; 897 in Balibago; 538 in Alauli; 510 in Bebe Anac; and 155 in Bebe Matua.
According to the Vice Governor, “ito yung pinakamasarap na part sa pagiging pulitiko, ang magserbisyo at personal na makita ang pinagseserbisyuhan mo.” [This is the best part of being a politician, to do your duties as a public servant and connect with the people.]
Preparations of the province for times of disaster were initiated by the heads of PDRRMO and PSWDO, Angie Blanco and Elizabeth Baybayan, respectively.
In an earlier interview with via Pampanga Kaluguran Daka, a radio program of the provincial government hosted by Joel Mapiles, the officials said that Pampanga is primed for calamities or disasters.
PDRRMO Head Blanco said that her heart for the public is steadfast – rain or shine.
The coordination between PDRRMO, PSWDO and C/MDRRMOs has been consistent ever since they were established. Reports, rescue and rehabilitation in times of calamities have been regular, Pineda said.