BACACAY, ALBAY: Families of Sitio Tabyunan, Barangay Napao in Cagraray Island, Bacacay town in Albay who were left homeless by Super Typhoon “Rolly” received food packs that will last for two weeks and in time for the New Year celebrations.

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Villagers of San Pablo and Tambilagao in Cagraray Island in Bacacay town, Albay province take a boat on Dec. 30, 2020 to get relief goods from the government and the private sector. PHOTO BY RHAYDZ B. BARCIA

The food packs from Filminera Resources Corp. were distributed by village officials of Napao in partnership with the nuns of Sacred Heart Parish of the Society of the Most Holy Trinity on December 30.

Village chieftain Cesar Bruce of Napao said the food packs are of great help, as they still live in makeshift homes.

More than 100 families in Napao were left homeless by Rolly. The villagers of Cagraray Island were able to build temporary shanties after the United Nations International Migration Organization provided 750 tarps, ropes and solar lamps.

This is the second village that Filminera has helped. Last week, the mining firm provided relief goods for 360 families of Barangay San Pablo, also in Cagraray Island.

Shirley Baliwas, village secretary of Barangay San Pablo, said the relief goods given by Filminera were the biggest aid they have received so far since last month.

“We are totally grateful to Filminera for providing us with remarkable relief goods that could last for two weeks in December. We barely received food ration as our village is not easily reached by donors,” Baliwas said in Filipino.

The 360 families received 10 kilos of rice, food packs and sanitary kits, with 47 of them receiving kitchen utensils.

Prior to the relief distribution, Marionne Molintas, Filminera communication manager, visited the village of San Pablo through trekking for several kilometers to assess the area following the recommendation of Sister Agnes Abordo of the Sacred Heart Parish.

The parish of Sacred Heart in Cabasan recommended to Filminera to provide aid for families living in isolated areas, where aid is less due to the distance and unavailability of transportation.

Two of the trucks carrying food aid for the villagers of San Pablo last week met an accident and fell in a ravine, and the relief goods had to be extracted by Barangay Cagbulacao residents.

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