Abra donates relief goods, cash to flood victims of Antipolo
by Maritess Benas
Bangued, Abra (17 October) -- The Abra Multi-Sectoral Group (AMSG) chaired by Bishop Leopoldo C. Jaucian, SVD, DD, finally delivered the first tranche of relief goods and cash to the victims of typhoon "Ondoy" in Antipolo, Rizal last October 14.
The truck contained 20 bags of rice, clothing, noodles and canned goods. A check amounting to P205,163.75 was also handed to the Diocese of Antipolo through Bishop Gabriel Reyes.
This is just the first trip of the army truck. A second or third trip may still be needed to deliver all the goods that were collected by the AMSG. As of this writing, there are still 25 bags of rice and other food stuff and clothing that were not contained by the truck on its first trip.
Many more are coming but the leaders of the AMSG are thinking of giving the other stuff to the victims in the Northern Luzon provinces who equally suffered the same fate brought by the super typhoon "Pepeng".
The effort of the AMSG was inspired by the voluminous support that Abra received twice in the past. The first was when the July 16, 1990 Killer Quake hit Abra and caused so much damaged to infrastructure and private properties. The second when typhoon "Feria" wrought havoc to the province in July 2001 and killed many.
The delivery was made with the use of the service truck of the 41st Infantry Battalion headed by LTC Ignacio B. Madriaga of the Philippine Army. The soldiers were accompanied by Priam Parel of radio DZPA-CMN and Dindong Sotelo and Douglas Paganao of the Concerned Citizens of Abra for Good Government (CCAGG), the secretariat of the AMSG. (PIA-Abra) [top]