Odette-hit Southern Leyte gives back to VP Leni
It’s the least they can do, they say, to stand by Vice President Leni Robredo’s side in the biggest fight of her political life as much as she had stood by them when a typhoon upended their lives.
Supporters of Robredo pooled their resources so that they can join the Maasin City People’s Rally and see the presidential candidate on Tuesday, March 29.
Daisy Llanes, provincial head of the Robredo People’s Council (RPC) Southern Leyte, said that digging deep into their pockets to travel to Maasin City proved to be a challenge, especially after Typhoon Odette ravaged the province last December.
But they wanted to show their support for Robredo at the Maasin City People’s Rally, which was attended by over 3,000 people.
“They really want to show to Ma’am Leni na after silang matulungan, sila naman ‘yung tutulong,” Llanes said.
Llanes recalled how Robredo was quick to send 1,000 sacks of rice, which they were able to repack into 20,000 rice packs and distribute among the thousands of families rendered homeless by Odette, one of the strongest typhoons to lash at the country last year.
The Office of the Vice President (OVP) also provided shelter repair kits worth P3.5 million to 540 families in Padre Burgos, Sogod, Libagon, Tomas Oppus, San Juan, San Francisco and Maasin City in Southern Leyte.
Aside from food packs and shelter repair kits, the fisherfolks in Sogod, whose homes and boats were all wiped out by the typhoon, also received financial assistance of P600,000 from the OVP for their fishing boats, while a total of P1 million were given to 101 beneficiaries in Southern Leyte.
“Alam niyo na ‘yung tulong na ginawa natin, quietly, di ba? ‘Yung ating pagtrabaho para sa mga Typhoon Odette victims, napakasimple lang ng ating operations. Pero alam niyo ba 'yung naibaba nating tulong, kahit kulang po 'yung pera ng Office of the Vice President, naibaba natin tulong dito, more than P30 million,” Robredo said in her speech.
“Ganiyan po 'yung ginagawa natin sa Office of the Vice President, hindi kailangang ipaalam sa iba, pero ang pinaka resibo natin, ‘yung tinutulungan mismo. ‘Yung tinutulungan mismo, siya po 'yung makakapagsabi. Hindi natin ginawang politika 'yung pagtulong. Hindi po natin tinitingnan ang kulay, kung sino 'yung nangangailangan siya 'yung bibigyan ng tulong,” she said, adding:
“At 'yun po 'yung pinapangako natin sa inyo: Pag sinabi po nating gobyernong tapat, sisiguraduhin natin na hindi politika ang konsiderasyon. Sisiguraduhin po natin na 'yung mga lingkod-bayan matitino at mahuhusay para lahat natutulungan.”
After the Maasin City People’s Rally, Robredo visited Sogod Mayor Imee Tan at the Sogod Municipal Hall, followed by a dialogue with the fisherfolk community in Brgy. San Jose, which are beneficiaries of the OVP’s Angat Buhay Sustainable Livelihood and Training programs in Sogod.
For Llanes, Robredo’s presence in Southern Leyte on Wednesday, on top of her consistent support for the province even before she decided to run for President, gives them the much-needed hope in trying times and the reassurance that no one gets left behind.
“Pag pupunta dito si Ma’am, parang naging boost siya sa mga nawalan na ng pag-asa… So, parang ang laki din ng tulong na pinuntahan din kami kahit maliit lang na probinsya natin,” Llanes said. “Ang laking impact talaga siya na it only shows the character ni Ma’am Leni na pinahahalagahan niya lahat.” [End]