The Cebu Provincial Government turned-over relief goods to some local government units in Bohol, which were heavily affected by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that hit the province more than week ago.
Around six truckloads (mini-dump truck) of assorted goods and bottled drinking water were distributed. Three were unloaded in Tagbilaran City and received by the Bohol Provincial Government, two in Maribojoc, and one in Tubigon.
The goods were ferried through a privately owned yacht. These include the 100 hundred thousand pesos worth of food and water from the Philippine Obstetrical and Gynecological Society- Cebu Chapter.
Some 103 cartons of noodles from the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) – Cebu Province, were also delivered.
Governor Hilario P. Davide III was not able to join the trip because of another appointment. He, however, sent his wife Jobel and daughter to lead the distribution in Tagbilaran last October 23.
Also on board were Sanchez and his rescue team, and the respective representatives from various Capitol offices: Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office, Provincial Engineer’s Office and the Integrated Provincial Health Office.
The local chief executives were very grateful for the assistance.
Maribojoc Municipal Mayor Leoncio Evasco Jr. assured that the relief goods will be received to the four thousand affected families in the town.
He also thanked Cebu province for the mini-dump truck and the five-man rescue team deployed in his town with accompanying relief goods.
The Cebuano Amateur Radio League, who lent their handheld radio communicators to the town, joined them.
Aftershocks continued to horrify the town folks, though around 70 percent of their electricity and water supply is back.
Evasco caught national media attention when he drove away the Philippine Red Cross from his town due to misunderstanding.
He said he held on to his policy that the municipal government alone should distribute all relief assistance for his town.
“In times like this, we only welcome those who can understand our situation,” he stated.
In Tubigon, Congressman Rene Relampagos and Mayor Marlon Amila also thanked Governor Davide for the help.
Like Maribojoc, the town also suffered huge damage. Their municipal hall is now abandoned; their church has fallen into pieces, their port endured heavy cracks though still operational; and several of their houses are no longer safe for shelter.
The municipal officials temporarily hold office near the town’s hospital. Amilan hinted they might transfer to their cultural center as soon as it is cleared for occupation. (Xerxes Alkuino)