Relief goods pour in for typhoon victims in Ilocos Norte

LAOAG CITY — The Ilocos Norte government continues to deliver relief aid to typhoon-affected areas in the province.

Through the resumption of the Capitol Express program, front line service providers had been reaching out to affected areas to extend assistance in the form of livelihood, fertilizer and off-season seeds distribution, provision of medicines and many others.

Governor Ma. Imelda Josefa “Imee” Marcos on Tuesday afternoon led the distribution of over 200 boxes of relief goods in the coastal Davila village in Pasuquin.

During the distribution, fisherman Domingo La Torre’s face lit up as he saw the governor supervising the distribution. On Sunday, La Torre’s fishing boats were among the more than a hundred fishing boats damaged by storm surge in Sitio Dirique.

He said they never expected a storm surge would reach their houses near the provincial highway. “There was no typhoon signal yet (in Ilocos Norte) that time but we still moved our bancas to a safer ground. Unfortunately, it turned out a stronger storm surge hit our village and it is far worst than our experience with typhoon Feria in 2001,” La Torre recalled.

After typhoon “Gorio” left the country on Sunday, “Huaning” entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) in the morning and left in the evening. Intermittent rains, however, persist until today, August 2.

Continuing relief operations are still ongoing in several areas in Currimao, Batac, Banna, Solsona, and Pasuquin that experienced heavy flooding.

Dingras town mayor Erdio Valenzuela, who is also president of the League of Municipal Mayors (LMP) Ilocos Norte Chapter, reiterated to beneficiaries the importance of disaster preparedness to prevent any further losses in lives and properties. Leilanie G. Adriano/