VP Robredo visits CamSur, hears stories of survival from ‘Rolly’s’ wrath

Published November 3, 2020, 9:06 AM

by Raymund Antonio

Vice President Leni Robredo visited on Monday her home province of Camarines Sur where she distributed relief goods and listened to stories on how Bicolanos survived the wrath of typhoon “Rolly” (international name “Goni”).


Typhoon victims shared how they lived through the storm surge and the challenges facing them. A number of evacuees told Robredo how they managed to survive by moving from one classroom to another of Sabang National High School whose roofs were blown away and its ceilings caved in.

The school in Calabanga town was being used as an evacuation center when “Rolly” crossed and left a trail of destruction in the Bicol region. Several classrooms were damaged.

Robredo also checked the extent of the damage wrought in Pili, Camarines Sur.

“‘Rolly’ was the worst that we have gone through in our lifetime,” Bicolanos told Robredo. The destruction of their homes and crops have left them with nothing to rebuild their lives.

The vice president is set to visit on Tuesday some parts of Albay and Catanduanes, which were among the hardest hit by “Rolly.”

In a Facebook post, Robredo showed photos of houses submerged in floodwaters.

She said it was “heartbreaking” to hear the stories of the affected residents. “Most of the people I got to talk to were worried how they would restart.”

“If only we have enough resources, it would be best to help them rebuild better so that they wouldn’t have to relive the horrors everytime there is a typhoon,” she said.

Robredo’s office, in partnership with non-government organization Kaya Natin! Movement for Good Governance, conducted relief operations immediately after the typhoon. The Office of the Vice President is accepting donations for the victims.