The Office of Vice President Leni Robredo provided assistance to the victims of landslides triggered by typhoon Ompong, including Itogon, Benguet and Naga City, Cebu, helping them rebuild their lives after the tragedy they experienced.
In Itogon, the OVP gave P600,000 worth of financial assistance to 60 small-scale miners, to help them start with a new source of income following the landslide in Barangay Ucab.
This came after VP Leni herself met with the miners from the Lower Gomok Consumer Cooperative last September 28 to personally hear about their concerns.
The said miners worked with many of those who died in the landslide, and have found themselves losing both livelihood and home since the incident.
Noting the OVP’s meager budget, the Vice President underscored their aim to help rebuild the miners’ lives for the long-term.
“Mayroong pondo na inilaan iyong aming opisina para sa livelihood assistance; gusto natin mapapunta sa tama,” she said. “[M]as mabuting pagplanuhan kung saan mapapapunta iyong tulong, para mapahaba ito.”
She added: “Kasi ngayon, pinakamahirap sa lahat iyong uncertainty—iyong hindi nila alam kung saan sila pupunta, hindi nila alam kung ano iyong susunod. Kaya siguro iyon iyong pinaka-tulong na gusto nating tutukan ngayon… [T]itingnan namin under our Angat Buhay program kung ano pa iyong ibang tulong na puwede, in partnership with other agencies.”
Prior to her visit, the OVP had brought 1,000 relief packs for the Municipality of Itogon.
The office also distributed relief assistance to areas hit by typhoon Ompong, including 2,000 food packs for evacuees in Baguio City, 500 food packs for residents of Tubao, La Union, and another 5,800 food packs to families displaced in Cagayan province.
In Naga City, Cebu, where a landslide caused by heavy monsoon rains buried around 60 houses near a quarry site, the OVP also sent 1,000 relief packs for the displaced residents.