Marikina City, one of the localities badly affected by Typhoon “Ulysses,” is appealing for help for the more than 30,000 to 40,000 families displaced by the typhoon.
“I would not be ashamed, I am humbly asking for help for my constituents,” Teodoro said in a radio interview. “We have a lot of people in evacuation centers – children, infants, women… some are pregnant, and there are a lot of senior citizens in evacuation centers.”
He said there are at least 49 evacuation centers in the city.
“We need food, water, vitamins if there are any, and diapers for infants,” said Teodoro. “If there are people that will extend help, they can give it directly to the evacuation centers.”
The plea of the Marikina mayor comes after Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año commended efforts of local government units (LGUs), including Marikina, for their disaster response preparations despite the devastation brought by Ulysses.
“Ok naman ang preparations and response ni Mayor (Marcy) Teodoro (The preparations and response of Mayor Marcy Teodoro are okay) and also other LGUs. Mayor Marcy did his best but it’s the wrath of nature and you can only do so much. Masyadong mabilis ang pagtaas ng tubig (The water’s rise was too fast), faster than Ondoy but the evacuation was being done even before the water reached the different alarming level. Tapos gabi or madaling araw pa nangyari kaya nadagdagan ang (And then it happened from night to dawn so there were additional) obstacles,” Año said in a message sent to reporters.Año insisted that the agency had made preparations before the onslaught of Ulysses despite the reported casualties. SOVEREIGNPH