The Liga ng mga Barangay sa Palawan spearheaded by ABC President Board Member Ferdinand “Inan” Zaballa on Thursday, January 13, distributed relief goods containing canned goods, rice, and ukay clothes to various barangays in Roxas, Palawan that were severely affected by Typhoon Odette.
The donations came from presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bong-Bong” Marcos Jr. and his runningmate Mayor Sara Duterte, which were turned over to the Palawan Liga office over the weekend.
Hundreds of beneficiaries from Barangay Tinitian, San Miguel and Nicanor Zabala who lost their homes and dwellings due to typhoon Odette convened in their barangay halls to claim the relief packs.
In an earlier interview, Zaballa noted that part of the donations also came from One Pacman Partylist.
“Kasama rin natin ang One Pacman Partylist na nagpaabot ng kanilang donations na canned goods at bottled waters, hindi tayo nabigo noong tayo ay lumapit sakanila as always,” Zaballa said.
Roxas’ ABC President Anne Catalan expressed her gratitude for the outpouring of help her kababayans have received ever since the catastrophe.
“Maraming salamat kay BM Inan kasi hindi nita nakalimutan itong mga kababayan ko. Sa pagsusumikap na ipaglaban na magkaroon ng donasyon galing sa opisina ni Sir BBM at Mayor Sara ganoon na rin sa One Pacman Partylist. Hindi ko alam siguro matatagalan bago kami tuloyang makabangon uli pero hangga’t may buhay, may pag-asa,” Catalan said.
Catalan also said that her kababayans have lost not just their homes but also their livelihood, and up to now, they have been asking themselves on how can they cope with the devastation.
“Ang hirap. Ang daming nawalan ng kabuhayan. Mga farmers natin, mga mag-gugulay, mga fisherfolks na nawalan ng bangka. Nagdadasal na lang kami, sabi ko nga unos lang ito makakalagpas din kami,” Catalan said.
In a data from the province’s Disaster Assessment and Needs Analysis (DANA) team, Roxas has topped the highest death toll during Odette’s onslaught with ten individuals. The town also recorded the highest worth of damages in terms of agricultural land and infrastructure.