‘Lawin’ victims appeal for livelihood assistance, construction materials

TUMAUINI, Isabela — Aside from having their usual relief packs given by civic-oriented groups, the typhoon-stricken villagers of Malamag West and Malamag East here have pleaded for more help by asking livelihood assistance and house repair subsidies and other construction materials.

“We need this very badly as we barely recovered from the typhoon’s onslaught,” Malamag West resident Elvira Masiddo, a 50-year-old farm worker, said as she showed a food pack given from Manila-based civic-oriented groups such as GMA Kapuso Foundation and ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya relief distribution trucks, aside from the local government’s distributed groceries.

Masiddo, whose house was totally uprooted by Lawin, said she had been feeling weak since she and her husband and two other family members braved rains and winds to seek shelter at their neighbor’s house on October 19 midnight.

“That night would be traumatic to us, especially our children. We did not sleep and my two children were literally soaked in rainwater as we braved rains and winds and flying aluminum sheets to seek shelter from neighbors,” she said.

The same fate had felled Agnes Soliven, 35, who said her house was also uprooted by the typhoon.

“Nothing had been left from us after the typhoon. Even our belongings were soaked and blown away while our rice and food stocks were swiped by winds,” she said. Villamor Visaya Jr/PNA-northboundasia.com