TACLOBAN CITY – Eastern Samar’s provincial government continues to distribute food packs in typhoon-hit towns despite depleting local resources due to high spending on the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) outbreak.
Eastern Samar Governor Ben Evardone said Thursday they have to divert more funds for relief goods distribution after Typhoon Ambo’s force struck 47,000 families in the poverty-stricken province.
“Even before the typhoon, we were already running out of calamity funds since we have to allocate a huge amount for food packs and cash assistance distribution and building of isolation facilities for suspected virus carriers,” Evardone said in a video message posted on the local government’s Facebook page.
On Wednesday, the provincial government and the office of Eastern Samar Rep. Maria Fe Abunda distributed 2,700 relief food packs to typhoon-hit families in Oras town.
In remote Maslog town, the local government gave 1,400 food packs on top of the 1,400 packs from Abunda and Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go.
Reaching the town of San Policarpo and Jipapad were thousands of food packs from the provincial government, and from the offices of Abunda and Go.
Earlier, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) sent a total of 11,300 food packs for the towns of Arteche, Can-avid, Dolores, Oras, and Borongan City.
The DSWD committed to send more food packs for Eastern Samar in the next days as requested by affected local government units.
The provincial government has asked for additional 2,000 sacks of rice from the National Food Authority for the typhoon victims.
“Senator Go told me that the Office of the President committed to providing financial assistance to affected families in Eastern Samar. I thank the national government for their support since our local funds are not enough,” Evardone added.
On May 14, the typhoon brought violent winds and heavy to intense rains over the northern portion of Eastern Samar and the southern portion of Northern Samar, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration.
The typhoon packed maximum sustained winds of up to 155 kph and gustiness of up to 255 kph. (IAmigo/SovereignPH.com/PNA)