‘Ano kami, hayop?’ Rodriguez residents lament lack of aid days after typhoon

Residents of Rodriguez, Rizal lamented the lack of assistance, with a number of them yet to receive any relief days after Typhoon Ulysses has passed.

The town is one of the hard-hit areas of Ulysses (international name: Vamco),
which left the country on Friday. Roads in Rodriguez, Rizal remain covered with mud and trash after the flooding, while dead animals killed by the floods also cover the streets.

Despite this, some residents say they have yet to receive aid. “Ang daming nagsasabi ‘wag kami dito pansinin. Ano kami, mga hayop?” Edna Mila, a resident of the area said in a report on GMA’s “24 Oras Weekend” on Sunday.

Mila was not alone in her sentiment, echoed by her neighbors who are appealing for aid such as food, clothes, medicine, and financial assistance.

“Ang bahay namin po, binaha, nagiba po ‘yung bahay namin. Ang anak ko apat. Wala po kaming makain,” said Norie Fernando.

“Kanina pa pong umaga nag-aantay kami, puro standing kayo po wala na sa pila dahil hindi na maaabutan,” Liezel Joy Camia said in the same report.

Most of the relief goods being distributed in the area were from the private sector.

All monetary proceeds will be provided to the Office of the Vice President for the distribution of the relief package

A series of typhoons hit the Philippines in the past few weeks, the latest of which Typhoon Ulysses (international name: Vamco) which claimed at least 67 lives and left over P1 billion in damages.

The typhoon exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Friday morning, but heavy rains and the release of water from the Magat Dam and other reservoirs brought about massive flooding in Cagayan and Isabela.

For its part, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said it has released an initial P14-million worth of resource augmentation to LGUs affected by Ulysses. — AdChoiceTV News

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