THE city government of Angeles led by Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan donated relief goods to the residents of the City of Balanga and municipality of Hermosa in the province of Bataan, which were devastated by last week’s heavy downpour.

Pamintuan instructed the city’s disaster and emergency response team to immediately extend the aid last Wednesday, July 25.

The City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) and the Angeles City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (ACDRRMO) jointly spearheaded the said relief operation.

A total of 500 packed goods are to be distributed to the victims of the calamity in the province of Bataan which was put under the state of calamity last Sunday after Typhoon Josie caused heavy rains and flash floods.

CSWDO head Joy Duaso assured that the city government will readily offer its assistance to their city.

“They can expect that the Local Government of Angeles will not turn a blind eye. This aid is a way of giving back and letting them know that we are here for them in times of need,” said Duaso.

Pamintuan extended his support to the city of Balanga, recalling the outpouring of aid from neighboring provinces when Mt. Pinatubo erupted in the early 90s. He was then seated as vice-mayor of Angeles City.

“My sympathy goes to the victims of the typhoon. Rest assured that we will prioritize the extension of aid, as well as hope, to our fellow men in Bataan, in perpetual gratitude to their kindness in our unfortunate moments,” the city mayor said.

The ACDRRMO was tasked to supervise the transport of the goods, while the local government will remain to be in contact with its neighboring province for further support and assistance. (PR)