LOPEZ, QUEZON — Members of Senator Grace Poe’s team distributed relief goods to farmers affected by the recent typhoon in Lopez, Quezon.
Around 5,000 families in Quezon, were affected by TyphoonPepito.
More than 3,000 of the families had to be evacuated, while a total of 389 hectares of agricultural land were destroyed, resulting in a combined loss of almost P12 million in terms of crop damages.
“Napakasaklap na tinangay ng bagyo ang pananim ng ating mga magsasaka na maaari na sanang anihin sa loob ng dalawang linggo. Ginto na, naging bato pa,” said Poe in an statement.
Poe carried out the distribution through “Panday Bayanihan”, which was established in 2013 when Typhoon Maring affected 2.5 million people and displaced 800,000 residents.
Since then, the non-government organization has made it its mission to send relief in times of calamity as well as aid to frontliners and the vulnerable amid the pandemic.
“Sa hagupit ng bagyo, bayanihan ang makakatulong sa atin upang unit-unting makaahon. Ngunit hindi sapat ang bayanihan. Kailangan nating higit ang pagkilos ng pamahalaan upang sa paghupa ng baha, makapagpatayo tayo ng mas matatag na komunidad na magbibigay-proteksyon sa atin mula sa kalamidad,” Poe said.
Poe has introduced Senate Bill 124 or the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management System Act that promotes a whole-of-government and whole-of-society approach to the development of disaster risk reduction management.
The proposed department will be headed by a Secretary who will also be the chair of the NDRRMC and will consist of three bureaus, namely: Bureau of Disaster Resilience, Bureau of Disaster Preparation and Response, and Bureau of Knowledge Management and Dissemination.
The bill seeks to ensure that communities affected by natural calamities will be able to rise up stronger with a more empowered LGU that will proactively rebuild communities that are more resilient to future natural disasters.
Poe’s team also earlier gave various forms of assistance to key hospitals, transport groups and other vulnerable communities affected by the pandemic.