THE islands of Siargao, Capiz, Negros Occidental, and Masbate, all included in the areas hardest hit by super typhoon ‘Odette’, were Monday’s recipients of ongoing relief operations by Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. and Sara Duterte.
Marcos led the relief distribution in the islands as he coordinated with local governments to identify other pressing problems.
His team handed over P1 million in cash to the local government officials of the municipalities and distributed 2,000 bags of relief goods to the residents in the areas they visited.
“Besides bringing aid, we want to know what their other problems are and how we can help further,” Marcos said, in Filipino.
Their team first visited Siargao, consulting with local officials after the relief goods distribution. They went to Capiz next before heading to Silay, Negros Occidental.
The BBM-Sara UniTeam rounded up its relief operations for the day with a visit to Masbate before flying back to Manila.
As part of the UniTeam’s relief operations, Marcos and Duterte were in Leyte, Butuan, Bohol, and Cebu last Sunday to deliver assistance.
‘Expedite insurance claims’
Meanwhile, another presidential aspirant, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso, urged the Insurance Commission to speed up the processing of insurance claims of Typhoon Odette victims who have lost everything to the most destructive typhoon to hit the country after Yolanda.
“The government on whom we rely should act fast, and the insurance company should also pay out the victims’ claims because life is really hard for the victims of Odette,” Moreno, speaking partly in Filipino, told some 2,000 people, mostly farmers and agricultural workers, in Calasiao, Pangasinan.
Besides the Insurance Commission, Moreno also called on the DOF’s Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) to immediately process the claims of the thousands of farmers and fisherfolks whose livelihoods have been affected by Odette.