Marikina City Mayor Marcelino Teodoro is appealing for donations of housing materials for residents who lost their homes to typhoon “Ulysses”.
“Now that we see the extent [of the typhoon’s damage], we are now requesting for housing materials for those affected and if there will be some volunteers who would like to help, maybe in house rebuilding,” Teodoro said Monday (Nov. 16).
According to Teodoro, more than 3,000 families are still in evacuation centers as their homes were either destroyed during the typhoon or covered in thick mud due to massive flooding.
“Still from 10,000 families who relocated when the flood was high, now there are more or less 3,880 families in evacuation centers because their homes are still submerged in mud,” he said.
“Others, whose house was made out of light materials, were totally swept away and destroyed. They have no house to return to.”
Teodoro said the Technical Education Skills Development Authority (TESDA) vowed to provide free skills training with allowances to those affected by the typhoon.
“They will be taught how to build a house, the local government or donors will provide them with housing materials, and the people themselves will build it,” he said.
The mayor also urged employers to hire residents of Marikina who lost their jobs amid the devastation caused by the typhoon and the ongoing threat of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
“We also call on employers, in addition to the relief goods, what our constituents’ need are job opportunities,” he said. The local government is now coordinating with big companies in Marikina and neighboring cities to provide jobs to affected residents.
Also on Monday, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Danilo Lim and representatives of the Chinese Filipino Business Club, Inc. (CFBCI) turned over 2,000 relief goods to Marikina.
Teodoro expressed gratitude to the CFBCI and MMDA for the relief packs.