Vice Governor Agnes Magpale personally clarified to the Capitol department heads, in the meeting last Mon., Nov. 11, at the social hall, that her initial appearance in the areas affected by super typhoon Yolanda was to accompany the team doing the clearing of roads from blockage made of fallen trees and strewn debris while assessing the extent of the damage and not to bring relief goods.
This was to refute initial comments that there was politics involved in her visits to the local government efforts. She also requested the group to send tarpaulins to the affected areas the soonest possible time in the wake of succeeding typhoon Zoraida.
The local government unit is expected to conduct relief operations on the first two days with the province coming in only on the third day. Despite this, the province immediately embarked on relief operations the day after the calamity struck.
On Tue., Nov. 12, the Vice Governor went with Gov. Hilario Davide III to Barili for the previously scheduled oathtaking of the newly elected barangay officials of the southwestern municipality.
In the afternoon, she presided over the meeting of the Prov’l. Cultural and Heritage Council meeting which tackled, among other things, the planned rehabilitation of heritage churches which were badly affected by the Oct. 15 earthquake. Roger Serna