‘WE ARE FOREVER GRATEFUL’: CATANDUANONS THANK RED CROSS FOR VAST SUPPORT, HELPING THEM START ANEW AFTER BEING DEVASTATED BY SUCCESSIVE STORMS
Nearly a month after the onslaught of typhoons Rolly and Ulysses that adversely affected around 15,000 families in the island province of Catanduanes, local officials of the region expressed profound gratitude for the Philippine Red Cross’ (PRC) numerous assistance being provided to their constituents.
On Sunday, as PRC Chairman and CEO Senator Richard J. Gordon visited the province once again to check on the condition of typhoon survivors and to provide additional aid, Catanduanes provincial Governor Joseph Cua thanked Gordon and the PRC.
“Malaki ang pagpapasalamat namin sa inyo, Senator Dick Gordon. Noong November 3, dalawang araw mula nang humagupit ang super typhoon Rolly, agaran ang inyong pagresponde sa Catanduanes. Isa po kayo sa unang nagpadala ng tulong kagaya ng hygiene kits, shelter kits at iba pa. Ang misyong ito ay testimonya at patunay ng malasakit sa kapwa,” Governor Cua said.
Aside from hygiene and shelter kits, the PRC immediately provided food supplies and clean water for the residents when the typhoons struck as relief packs at that time were inadequate and deep wells were the only source of water.
“Hindi ko rin makakalimutan ang inyong water filtration system na nagbigay ng malinis na tubig para sa aming mga Catanduanon. Almost 400,000 liters ang na-process noong water filtration, kung saan nakapagbigay ng malinis at inuming tubig,” he added.
During the said visit, Gordon led the distribution of kitchen sets to around 300 families in the municipality of San Andres, while around 2,600 families received P3,500 each as cash assistance from the PRC.
Moreover, additional relief supplies were provided to affected families as the country’s first and only humanitarian vessel, PRC’s M/V Amazing Grace, docked in Catanduanes to deliver other necessities such as blankets, sleeping mats, mosquito nets, jerry cans and galvanized iron (GI) sheets for roofing.
“Kami po ay lubos na nagpapasalamat kay Senator Gordon sa kanyang pagmamalasakit, pagtulong sa ating mga kababayan hindi lang po dito sa San Andres kundi sa lalawigan ng Catanduanes. Si Senator po ay mayroong pusong tumulong at salamat po sa Philippine Red Cross,” said San Andres Mayor Peter Cua.
“Isang malaking karangalan na ang unang humanitarian mission ng M/V Amazing Grace ay narito ngayon sa Catanduanes. Please know that we truly appreciate your overwhelming support to the province. We are humbled by your presence today and most of all, we are forever grateful,” Governer Cua added.