Aquino visits flood victims in Muntinlupa-A A +A
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III led Wednesday the distribution of relief goods to flood-affected families in Tunasan, Muntinlupa City.
The President handed out food packs consisting of noodles, cans of sardines and corned beef, rice and coffee to 784 families (3,920 individuals) from various barangays around Laguna Lake.
Social Welfare Assistant Secretary Milo Gudmalin briefed the President on the ongoing rescue and relief operations in the city.
In his short remark, the President assured flood victims that the government, through the local government units, is doing its best to provide basic services to families affected by the latest calamity.
Aquino expressed happiness that despite their poor situation, the people of Tunasan were all smiles and bursting with optimism.
Heavy rains brought by southwest monsoon have inundated about 90 percent of Metro Manila and 20 other provinces.
Over 160 schools in flood-affected communities now house over 14,000 families stricken by floods.
Education Secretary Armin Luistro said he instructed Schools Division Superintendents in the National Capital Region (NCR) to work closely with local government as well as the city social welfare offices in their respective areas.
"We need to make sure that we have enough supplies to provide for the needs of evacuees under our care. Let us work hand in hand with our city and barangay officials to ensure that urgent needs are provided given the current situation," the Education chief said.
NCR has the largest number of evacuees with 9,741 families sheltered in 115 schools, followed by Central Luzon with 2,568 families in 36 schools, while 17 schools in Calabarzon Region are providing shelter for 2,180 families.
Aside from ensuring the smooth operation of schools used as evacuation centers, local education officials in Metro Manila are now finalizing a plan for the resumption of classes including provisions for make-up classes.
Details of which will be released Thursday, the Education department said. (Jill Beltran/Sunnex)