Lingayen typhoon victims receive shelter repair kits
Dagupan City (19 February) -- Some 256 families of Sitio Aplaya in Barangay Pangapisan Norte in Lingayen finally received assistance more than a year after typhoon Emong hit the province.
Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. led the distribution of shelter repair kit in partnership with Habitat for Humanity Philippines and the conduct of medical mission, relief distribution and food for work and feeding program.
Espino admitted that the program to help the residents of Sitio Aplaya was long overdue because efforts he said were hampered by the onslaught of more typhoons. He bared that other projects of the provincial and municipal governments for the area such as the construction of a covered court and asphalting of roads are slated to be implemented.
He thanked Habitat for Humanity for its speedy response to assist the provincial government in its recovery and rehabilitation efforts in the province.
Habitat's Government Partnership Relations Officer Gladys Ledina lauded the governor for giving their organization a chance to share with the provincial government the opportunity to serve the typhoon-stricken Pangasinenses and help them go back to their normal lives.
Earlier, a total of 393 family-beneficiaries from the towns of Rosales, Villasis, Bayambang, Sison and Urdaneta City received their shelter repair kits.
Provincial Housing Officer Alvin Bigay said the repair kit worth P7,000, includes six roof sheets, four flexiboards, various sizes of coco lumber, nails and hand tools such as handsaw, hammer and screw driver.
Barangay Councilor Rolden Ramones said that their place is indeed very lucky for being chosen as beneficiary of the program and other privileges accorded by the provincial government.
All in all, Habitat for Humanity Philippines extended assistance worth P2.71 million in the four towns and one city and allotted another P2.471 million to the towns of Lingayen and Bautista. (PIO/PIA Pangasinan) [top]