By Raymund Antonio
The Office of the Vice President has extended assistance to the families displaced by massive landslides in Itogon, Benguet and Naga City, Cebu.
To provide cash assistance for those affected in Itogon, the OVP released P600,000 or P10,000 each for the 60 small-scale miners who lost their homes and livelihood due to the landslide caused by Typhoon Ompong.
They received cash assistance from Vice President Leni Robredo’s office to help them start with a new source of income following the devastation left by the deadly landslide.
These miners worked with many of those who died in the landslide that buried a mining site in Itogon, OVP said.
Robredo, accompanied by a team from her office, visited last week the ground zero of Itogon, where she assessed how her office can help its affected residents.
The Vice President went to the landslide site also to meet the rescuers and personally thank them for their services to the retrieval operations.
At the same time, she herself met with the miners from the Lower Gomok Consumer Cooperative to personally hear about their concerns.
Despite her office’s meager budget, Robredo expressed her intention to help the miners to rebuild their lives for the long-term under her Angat Buhay program.
“Mayroong pondo na inilaan iyong aming opisina para sa livelihood assistance; gusto natin mapapunta sa tama,” she said. “[M]as mabuting pagplanuhan kung saan mapapapunta iyong tulong, para mapahaba ito.”
“Kasi ngayon, pinakamahirap sa lahat iyong uncertainty—iyong hindi nila alam kung saan sila pupunta, hindi nila alam kung ano iyong susunod. Kaya siguro iyon iyong pinaka-tulong na gusto nating tutukan ngayon,” Robredo added.
Prior to her visit, the OVP had brought 1,000 relief packs for Itogon town.
Robredo’s office also distributed relief assistance to areas hit by typhoon Ompong, including 2,000 food packs for evacuees in Baguio City, 500 food packs for residents of Tubao, La Union, and another 5,800 food packs to families displaced in Cagayan province.
In Naga City, Cebu, the OVP also sent 1,000 relief packs for the displaced residents.