BARELY two days after super typhoon Karding barreled through several cities and provinces in Luzon, the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) wasted no time in delivering relief aid to thousands of affected families in three towns in Bulacan.
PAGCOR distributed 1,500 food relief items to the typhoon victims in the municipalities of Malolos, San Miguel and Calumpit, which were severely flooded after hours of incessant rains inundated the towns’ low-lying areas and prompted local officials to implement emergency evacuation.
The state-run gaming firm immediately conducted relief activities in Bulacan following reports that the province was among the areas that suffered the brunt of the destruction brought by the typhoon. The flash-flooding in San Miguel, in particular, resulted to the death of five rescue workers when a wall collapsed on them at the height of the storm’s onslaught.
According to Bulacan Provincial Social Welfare Officer Rowena Tiongson, they performed preemptive evacuation procedures in communities that were in constant danger of heavy flooding to ensure the safety of the residents.
“Ang bayan ng San Miguel ang pinakaapektado nitong nagdaang bagyo, at sa ngayon ay mayroon kaming 88 evacuation centers kung saan pansamantalang nanunuluyan ang mahigit isang libong pamilya matapos kaming magsagawa ng preemptive evacuation,” Tiongson said.
In Calumpit, a town that is perennially facing the problem of severe flooding during the rainy season and in events of water spills from nearby reservation dams, Barangay Sapang Bayan village chief Roberto Lucas was thankful that their community only suffered minimal damage from the typhoon.
PAGCOR is set to deliver relief aid to more areas in Luzon severely affected by the typhoon in the coming days. #