By Merlina Hernando-Malipot
The Office of Vice President Leni Robredo extended help to the affected families in the aftermath of the 6.6 magnitude earthquake which jolted Tulunan, North Cotabato on October 29.
A day after the earthquake, the “Angat Buhay” team under the OVP went to Tulunan in North Cotabato to extend help and assistance to the affected families.
“In our office, the disaster relief and rehabilitation is part of our program under the ‘Angat Buhay’ so if needed, we are always ready to assist,” Robredo said in an interview during her visit in Iloilo early this week.
The OVP said the donations were made possible in partnership with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints-Philippines, which provided 1,000 laminated tarpaulins that were distributed to residents of Barangay La Esperanza, Barangay New Culasi, and Barangay Poblacion. These laminated tarpaulins are being used as a temporary shelter of the residents who lost their homes due to the earthquake.
The OVP, Robredo said, is “one” with the affected residents and families of the recent calamities.
For Robredo, times like these should remind people of the all the lessons in terms of disaster preparedness. “It is time for us to recall the preparations we were taught because we can’t disregard this; earthquake is a terrible disaster because you can’t predict when it’s coming so your preparation is really necessary [and] important,” she stressed.
For instance, Robredo noted that the public should be more be meticulous when it comes to adhering to the Building Code and obeying existing laws. “The warning of our experts should always be taken seriously,” she said in Filipino. “We always hope that this won’t happen again because it really instills fear among our people,” she added.
Robredo noted that in times of disasters, the most important thing is for people to be always reminded of dos and don’ts as well as cooperation with one another. “It’s difficult to imagine the trauma that earthquake victims go through and hopefully, we will not have so many casualties),” she said.