BACOLOD CITY–The tandem of presidential aspirant Bongbong Marcos and vice-presidential bet Sara Duterte-Carpio handed over P2 million in cash and P1.8 million worth of rice and noodles to victims of Typhoon Odette in Negros Occidental on Monday.
The duo was met at the Bacolod-Silay Airport by Vice Governor Jeffrey Ferrer with some 14 mayors and other local officials.
“We are here to do whatever we can to help,” Marcos said in his message to the typhoon victims, adding he was going to source filtration systems to help with their potable water needs.
He was later joined by Duterte-Carpio at the airport; she had, in fact, arrived in the province ahead of him.
In her statement, Duterte-Carpio said the assistance they brought was to try to ease the loss and devastation the victims experienced.
The assistance is intended for local government units in the 5th and 6th districts of the province, which were the areas worst hit by the typhoon.
For his part, Luis “Chavit” Singson, president of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines, gave each of the mayors present P50,000 as financial aid for their respective towns.
According to Ferrer, an additional 2,000 bags of aid from Marcos and Duterte-Carpio are expected to arrive today, Tuesday, December 21.
Marcos, who has been crisscrossing the country working hard on his and Duterte-Carpio’s campaign, expressed appreciation for the “overwhelming support” from the mayors and other local officials in Negros Occidental, saying, “It’s a big thing as it is encouraging.”
Asked about his position on the revival of the Negros Island Region, Marcos said he will “push for the reorganization and restructuring of the two Negros provinces rather than creating a new region” (Eugene Y. Adiong/iNews-Bacolod/Negros Bureau)