By Raymund Antonio
Vice President Leni Robredo appealed on Wednesday for donations for typhoon victims in Bicol and other affected areas in the aftermath of typhoon “Tisoy” that caused destruction and forced the massive evacuation of people.
Robredo, a native of Bicol, said the Office of the Vice President, through the #AngatBuhay partner, Kaya Natin!, is currently accepting donations for victims of Typhoon “Tisoy” in a Facebook post.
She said the typhoon victims need housing repair materials, blankets, toiletries, bottled water, canned goods, instant noodles, and other ready to eat food.
Robredo was closely monitoring the situation in the Bicol region at the height of the typhoon from her office in Quezon City.
More than half a million people were sheltered in evacuation centers in the provinces of Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Catanduanes, Masbate, and Albay, and other parts of the Visayas.
The typhoon disrupted the Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) events and left homes and other structures damaged, roads impassable due to flooding and uprooted trees, and caused massive power outage in the affected areas.
In a previous post, Robredo shared that her hometown of Naga City could not be reached via cellular phone or landline. Power interruption was also reported by authorities in Camarines Sur.
“[I have] been getting a lot of messages from people worrying about their friends and family. My last contact was at 7 this morning and I was informed that there were a lot of uprooted trees, flooding, no electricity, etc. Roads are still not passable until now,” she said on Tuesday.
The Vice President called for prayers for the safety of her fellow Bicolanos and other typhoon victims.
Robredo encouraged those who want to help to give donations in kind or cash. She said, however, that her office does not accept cash donations.
Interested parties can send the relief items to Kaya Natin! Office on Kaliraya Street, Barangay Doña Josefa in Quezon City.
For those who wish to give cash donations, they may deposit to KN Movement for Good Governance and Ethical Leadership, Inc.’s Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) account number 3081-1173-72.