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PGMA distributes relief goods in 5 Laguna towns

Lucena City (13 October) -- After inspecting the new houses of relocatees from Marikina to the city of Sta. Rosa in Laguna, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo kicked off her five-town relief distribution in the province, which lasted until past 8 p.m. Friday, October 9, 2009.

Accompanied by Gov. Teresita "Ningning" S. Lazaro and the local official of the province, the President gave away bags containing food stuff, including 10 kilos of rice each, to the 235 relocatees from Marikina City.

The flood victims were relocated to Southville 4, a Phase 3 project of the National Housing Authority (NHA) in Barangay Pook and Caingin, which is also now occupied by relocatees from the shanties occupying the railroad tracks of the Northrail and Southrail project of the Philippine National Railway (PNR). The presidential convoy then motored southeast to the capital town Sta. Cruz where the Chief Executive kicked off the relief distribution to around 7,000 families in a school basketball court, all flood victims of typhoon "Ondoy".

Based on the estimates of the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA), it will take 140 days before the waters recede and the flood victims can return to their houses. In the meantime, the evacuees are being given three meals a day in the evacuation sites. It maybe recalled that Laguna de Bay swelled and overflowed during typhoon Ondoy's heavy downpour last September 26, 2009 flooding the coastal barangays of 2 cities and 16 towns in the province that encircle the lake.

From Sta. Cruz, the convoy motored northeast to the municipality of Paete, where around 120 families were waiting to receive their relief goods from the President in a public market, and another 44 families (with each family averaging five members) at the Knights of Columbus headquarters. Mrs. Arroyo was assisted by the municipal officials in distributing the relief goods.

From Paete, the group went north to nearby Pakil town, crossing through narrow flooded streets for the distribution which was held in a basketball court. Pakil municipal officials waited for the Presidential convoy which arrived after 6 p.m.

The final stop was Pila, a town west of Sta. Cruz, where a tent (bearing markings of Deltaco Mabuhay base) along the narrow main road was filled with flood victims. The President and her party were welcomed by the town officials at past 7 p.m.

With the assistance to her constituents, Gov. Lazaro warmly expressed her gratitude to the President thanking her for visiting Laguna and providing relief operations to the flood victims. (PIO/PIA4A) [top]

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