By Albert B. Lacanlale
Photos by Edith B. Rodriguez
LUBAO, Pampanga—Private and government firms have lined-up one after the other to extend assistance to the flood-affected residents of this municipality.
Mayor Mylyn Pineda-Cayabyab expressed her town’s gratitude to the companies for the relief good packs distributed to the barangay that were hardest-hit by the recent flooding.
Among the private companies that donated relief goods are International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI and SM Foundation; and, government owned and controlled firm, Philippine Amusement & Gaming Corporation (Pagcor).
ICTSI is in the business of acquiring, developing, managing and operating container ports and terminals worldwide, according to the company’s website. It channeled its assistance thru its charity arm, ICTSI Foundation.
After monsoon rains intensified by the a series of typhoons dumped floodwaters in many barangays here, representatives of the firms coordinated their relief efforts with the municipal government.
Packs of goods like rice, canned foods and personal hygiene products were delivered right to the affected families.
Mayor Cayabyab, whose family donated thousands of cavans of rice and canned goods to flood-stricken areas, augmented the Lubao relief operations with ready-to-eat food.
Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer, Marilou Delos Reyes, said more than 10,000 Lubeño families have been served by the relief operations.
Even the provincial government of Pampanga and the municipal government mobilized resources to take part in the relief operations.
“Words are not enough to express how thankful we are in Lubao for the generosity of these people,” Mayor Cayabyab said.
“When they learned of what happened, these companies and organizations did not wait for us to ask for help; they volunteered to assist our people,” the mayor added.