Robredo describes landslide site in CamSur town as ‘heartbreaking’

By Raymund Antonio

Vice President Leni Robredo personally checked on the destruction caused by the landslides in Sagñay town, Camarines Sur during her visit on Wednesday at the landslide site, which she described as “heartbreaking.”

“Mayroong mga buong pamilya nawala. Mayroong pamilyang malaki, isa lang iyong natira, dalawa lang iyong natira,” Robredo said in a transcript released by her office on her trip to her home province.

Vice President Leni Robredo personally checked on the destruction caused by the landslides in Sagñay town, Camarines Sur during her visit on Wednesday at the landslide site. (OVP / MANILA BULLETIN)
Vice President Leni Robredo personally checked on the destruction caused by the landslides in Sagñay town, Camarines Sur during her visit on January 2, 2019 at the landslide site. (OVP / MANILA BULLETIN)

“Tapos iyong pinakamahirap sa lahat, hindi nga nila alam kung ano iyong babalikan nila. Hindi lang iyong bahay iyong nawala, hindi lang iyong buhay ng kapamilya, pati hanapbuhay,” she noted.

A native of Bicol, Robredo inspected the extent of the damage of the landslides at Barangay Patitian in Sagñay town, Camarines Sur that happened in the aftermath of Typhoon “Usman.”

The Vice President checked on the ongoing rescue operations and situation of the affected families to determine how her office can help them.

The surviving victims of the landslides are in dire need of assistance so they can start rebuilding their lives, she said.

Robredo then called for a long-term approach in addressing calamities that hit Camarines Sur, like the typhoon that caused the massive landslides.

“Kaya siguro ang hanapin, mas permanente nang solusyon. Baka hindi na talaga puwedeng patirahan doon sa area kasi delikado na masyado,” Robredo said after she visited Sitio Igot.

Robredo, the leader of the opposition, said there were 30 people who died and 16 remain missing at the landslide area.

The Vice President advised residents displaced by the landslides that they should not return to their respective homes.

“Siguro ngayon, kailangan puwersahin na hindi na pabalikin, kasi talagang hindi worth ng buhay nila iyong pagpunta. Pinuntahan ko iyong lugar. Maraming mga lugar doon iyong guho na iyong ilalim, hindi na talaga siya fit para tirhan pa,” she said.

After inspection, Robredo turned over 834 food packs consisting of rice, canned goods, and noodles from Angat Buhay partners to the Patitian village chief and gave cash assistance to affected families.

The Vice President also lauded the sacrifices of the soldiers and public works personnel deployed since December 30 for the rescue operations.

Camarines Sur has been placed under a state of calamity, along with Albay and Sorsogon, following the onslaught of Typhoon “Usman.”

 
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