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By DP Limlingan
Monday, August 26, 2013
IF THERE is one thing to do after an onslaught of a typhoon, it is the rehabilitation of the damages it caused; it’s the cleaning up after the mess.
While we in the province of Pampanga are still in the process of bouncing back from the rains and floods, the province of Aurora, the easternmost part of Central Luzon, has a lot more to do to restore what has been damaged by typhoon “Labuyo” and aggravated by tropical storm “Maring” and the southwest monsoon.
To this day, the town of Casiguran in the said province is still left without electric power, with power poles and lines toppled by the devastation. Some roads and bridges are still being cleared of debris caused by landslides and eroded trees.
Some residences, from mansions to hovels, were left either without walls or roofs that were blown away by fierce winds from the Pacific. Almost everything is in disarray.
Recently, to somehow mitigate the effects of the recent weather disturbances, an organization in the Central Luzon region composed of electric cooperatives sent their technical men and equipment to help in restoring electric poles and lines, particularly in Casiguran and in neighboring towns.
In a “send-off” ceremony held in Talavera, Nueva Ecija, officials of electric cooperatives in the region stressed the importance of lending a helping hand to others in need during times of calamities and disasters.
The Central Luzon Electric Cooperatives Association Inc., or CLECA, has sent around 62 groundmen and linemen to Aurora to help the Aurora Electric Cooperative’s (AURELCO) efforts in restoring one of the vital needs of man: electricity.
The CLECA’s Task Force Labuyo has in them a mission of goodwill that is worthy of being lauded.
Members of the Task Force, sharing their efforts, time and expertise, are going to the mountains with the aim of helping the towns in the said province regain normalcy in their way of life by restoring electricity. They are risking their lives and limbs while leaving their own families for a couple of weeks, all in the name of genuine service to others.
The electric power restoration activity of the CLECA is with a heart that helps. It brings to life the Filipinos’ bayanihan trait of helping others in need.
The “send-off” ceremonies were both heartwarming and emotional. As we bid those in the mission goodbye, we let them take with them the care and the concern for their health, safety and welfare.
Cognizant of the risks that members of the Task Force will be facing, Engr. Loliano Allas, the General Manager of the Pampanga I Electric Cooperative, Inc. (PELCO I), a member of the CLECA, reminded them that they will be leaving their stations alive and will be coming back alive too and with happy smiles on their faces, knowing that they helped those in distress.
After the rain come the relief goods. This is true in some flooded areas in many barangays in Pampanga, especially those with barangay officials who want to get re-elected by October of this year.
There were reports from my sources that relief-giving efforts have been made into campaign sorties of some officials who are taking advantage of the calamities to make them once again “visible” to the public. Their presence during calamities gives them great political mileage over other aspirants.
Meanwhile, a known aspirant for the barangay chairmanship come election time has distributed canned goods and other commodities in the guise of “merely giving help” to fellow victims of flooding in the province. When asked, he simply said that he “just wanted to help”.
I hope this man’s generosity will last even beyond his forthcoming election bid.
This is what too much politicking can sometimes give us.
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Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on August 27, 2013.