Hontiveros sends typhoon relief aid to Cagayan Valley calamity areas

Published November 30, 2020, 1:17 PM

by Mario Casayuran

Senator Risa Hontiveros has sent additional assistance to typhoon-hit Cagayan Valley by donating relief packs to the victims of typhoon ‘’Ulysses’’ in Region 2. 

As part of her ‘Liwanag at Lingap’ relief operations, Hontiveros sent sacks of rice, sardines, corned beef, meat loaf, and noodles to the provincial governments of Isabela, Tuguegarao in Cagayan, Nueva Vizcaya, and Quirino. 

‘Liwanag at Lingap’ was initially launched as a typhoon relief effort for the victims of typhoon Rolly.

Hontiveros has since donated relief packs to the Bicol Region, Marikina City, Rizal, Laguna, Batangas, and Quezon before the senator went to Cagayan Valley.

About a week ago, the Senator also filed a resolution seeking a Senate probe on the ‘human-made’ causes of extreme flooding following the onslaught of typhoons ‘’Rolly’’ and ‘’Ulysses.’’

“We cannot afford to have another crisis within a crisis,’’ Hontiveros said.

Hontiveros also filed a bill pushing for a national program that would build a 100-meter strip of mangroves and other vegetation to protect coastline communities that are most vulnerable to the effects of typhoons.    

She said she believes this “coastal greenbelt” is especially needed in areas along the Eastern Pacific seaboard, such as Cagayan Valley.