By Jelly F. Musico
Members of the Senate have expressed deep sympathy for the victims of the devastation brought about by tropical storm “Sendong” in Mindanao, calling on everyone to extend all possible assistance, especially to the 17,000 people in various evacuation centers.
“We mourn with those who lost their loved ones in the floods and extend all the help we can muster,” Senator Edgardo Angara said.
“The magnitude of the devastation should only spur the entire nation to action. I call on everyone to lend a hand in ongoing efforts to help our brothers and sisters in Mindanao,” he added.
Senator Ramon ‘Bong’ Revilla Jr. appealed to his colleagues to help the victims as the casualties from the flash floods were said to have breached the 600 mark.
”Let us show that we care for our fellowmen, especially during this season of giving,” Revilla said.
He also urged his colleagues in the film industry to extend assistance.
”This is the time that as members of the film industry, we should show our care for our countrymen. This is time to give back to the people who patronage the local movies,” Revilla said.
As chairman of the Senate committee on public works, Revilla said he will visit Cagayan de Oro City, the worst damaged area, not only to extend help but to inspect the damaged infrastructure facilities in Mindanao.
Senator Aquilino ‘Koko’ Pimentel Jr. immediately visited the damaged area in Misamis Oriental, describing the situation as “very lamentable.”
”The people there need a lot of help,” he stressed.
Senator Loren Legarda, meanwhile, called on President Benigno S. Aquino III to immediately launch the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Plan (NDRRMP).
Legarda is the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation in Asia-Pacific.
“Under Republic Act No. 10121 or the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act, a comprehensive NDRRMP should be developed and implemented,” she said.