By Ariel Avendaño
LICAB, Nueva Ecija — All but one of the town’s eleven barangays of this agricultural municipality are still submerged in knee-deep flood including the town hall, according to Mayor Eufemia Domingo.
These are barangays Pob. Sur, Tabing-Ilog, Villarosa, San Cristobal, Aquino, Sta. Maria, Linao, Pob. Norte, San Juan and San Jose. The lone elevated barangay of Crisostomo, is being spared by the flood.
The villages of Aquino, Villarosa and Poblacion are the most affected which are almost entirely submerged in
flood waters, she said, adding that the town was considered the catch basin of the province.
As of this writing, at least 35 families or 136 individuals were already evacuated who are all being taken care of and attended to by the Municipal Social Welfare and Development office, according to Domingo.
“We will be providing them food supplies, vitamins and medicines particularly the elderly and the minors,” she said.
“Employment facilitation services and livelihood assistance were also provided to some 8,000 victims of the Marawi Siege composed of internally displaced persons (IDPs), dependents of soldiers and policemen,” the DOLE stated.
Furthermore, financial assistance, livelihood and emergency employment were also provided to affected workers in Boracay, due to the island’s ongoing rehabilitation.
“In the face of challenges, we are undaunted and remain committed to endeavor for the realization of decent job for the Filipino workers in an atmosphere of freedom where their rights are respected and welfare upheld,” Bello said.