Gov. Gwen: ‘We will rise up again’

Published December 21, 2021, 9:26 PM

by Calvin Cordova 

CEBU CITY – “We will rise up again.”

Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia had this to say as Cebuanos persevere to recover from the devastation of typhoon Odette.

Several days after the strong typhoon struck, most parts of Cebu island remain without electricity while water supply is still scarce.

Garcia said the current crisis has showcased the Cebuanos’ generosity and indomitable spirit.

“I would like to commend the Cebuanos. They have shown great fortitude and strength inspite of this horrendous challenge. I know that many of them are living in darkness and misery, many are hungry and yet we continue to abide by the dictates of courtesy even human kindness, sharing. You see houses with generator they are sharing their water, allowing charging stations,” Garcia said.

Amid the devastation, the province’s post-calamity response continues.

The governor admitted that complete recovery is still a long way to go.

“Inspite of the many logistical problems that we are encountering and so the Cebuano patience is there. They continue to believe that things will be better and I assure my brother and sister Cebuanos, things will be better. I will not stop until we will rise up again,” Garcia said.

Aside from relief and road-clearing operations, efforts to address the shortage of water supply have also started.

Also a huge problem is the absence of electricity and communication signals.

Garcia urged telecommunication companies to fast-track the restoration of cell phone signals as it is causing “anxiety” especially for the families in southern Cebu that was badly hit by the typhoon.

The lack of communication signals are also affecting the province’s relief operations.

“I hope and I implore and I really and really wish that our telecommunication facilities will be restored,” said Garcia.