Sun. May 9th, 2021
Soft spot in Barangay Lambakin, Marilao, Bulacan sends residents to the rooftops.

CITY OF MALOLOS—A state of calamity has been declared in the province of Bulacan on Tuesday following widespread flooding that left at least P1 billion in damage to agriculture and infrastructure.

This city and five towns were under water. Hardest hit was the town of Calumpit where flooding went as deep as 2.4 meters, more than the average height of a door.

Malolos City and the towns of Baliwag, Hagonoy, Pulilan, Paombong, Marilao and Bocaue remained submerged in 1.2 meters to 1.8 meters of flood caused by a string of typhoons and runoff water from denuded mountains.

Classes in the province, though not face-to-face and online, were still suspended due to unstable power supply in 12 towns and two cities. Four other towns have been experiencing water supply interruptions.

Gov. Daniel Fernando sought the calamity declaration to help at least 15,000 residents who had fled to government shelters at the height of Typhoon Ulysses. More than 7,000 were still in the shelters while at least 100,000 saw their homes submerged in flood.

Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go visited the flooded areas in Calumpit and Marilao to distribute meals, vitamins, food packs, face masks and face shields. A few days after, the Senator’s office followed up relief distribution to the victims of typhoon Ulysses in Bocaue, Bulacan.

Selected beneficiaries were provided with bicycles which they could use to safely commute to work given the limited options for public transportation as a result of the pandemic. Others were given tablets so their children could participate in the online classes being implemented by schools under the new blended learning approach.

In his speech, Go expressed his gratitude to the local government officials of Bocaue for responding to the needs of their constituents. He committed that his office, as well as national agencies, will help them recover from the disaster.

He also offered his assistance to any beneficiary who required urgent medical care. Go informed them that they may avail of medical assistance from concerned government agencies housed at the nearby Malasakit Centers at the Bulacan Medical Center in Malolos City and Rogaciano M. Mercado Memorial Hospital in Sta. Maria town..

Senator Go includes Bustos as fifth town in his relief list after Bocaue, Calumpit, Marilao and Hagonoy were also aided last week.

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