Lawmakers from Central Luzon appealed to President Benigno Aquino 3rd to also give assistance to victims of typhoon Santi as they lamented that the government has focused its attention on victims of calamities that struck Visayas and Mindanao.
The group of congressmen headed by Bulacan Fourth District Rep. Linabelle Ruth Villarica urged Aquino to take a closer look at the devastation caused by Santi on Central Luzon.
The lawmakers called on the regional directors of the Departments of Agriculture, Health, Education, Public Works and Highways and Social Welfare and Development to address the widespread damage caused by typhoon Santi.
They said that minimal attention was given to areas devastated by the typhoon since the government concentrated on giving aid to victims of the earthquake in Bohol and the families displaced by the siege in Zamboanga City.
“We are also victims here, millions worth of properties and agricultural produce were destroyed and hundreds of thousands of our constituents were affected. While we are doing the best we can to provide the victims with temporary relief, the government must help us in delivering basic services needed by the victims,” Villarica said.
She lamented that little or no help was given to alleviate the suffering of the people in Central Luzon.
The group sought the release of funds to rebuild damaged roads, school buildings, and bridges, and to assist farmers.
The group is composed of Representatives Bellaflor Angara-Castillo, Magnolia Antonino-Nadres, Juan Pablo Bondoc, Enrique Cojuangco, Cinchona Cruz-Gonzales, Cheryl P. Deloso-Montalla, Enrique Garcia, Jr., Agapito Guanlao, Joseller Guiao, Jeffrey Domingo Khonghun, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Joselito R. Mendoza, Gavini Pancho, Arturo Robes, Oscar Rodriguez, Herminia Roman, Erlinda M. Santiago, Estrellita Suansing, Ma. Victoria R. Sy- Alvarado, Sherwin Tugna, Czarina Umali, Noel Villanueva, Joseph Gilbert Violago and Susan Yap.