BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 6 (PIA) – Providing much needed aid to the 454 affected families situated in Agusan National High School (ANHS) was the aim of visiting Senator Juan Edgardo “Sonny” M. Angara during the distribution of about 500 packs of relief goods, Friday, Feb. 3.
The 46 remaining goods were given to the ANHS non-teaching personnel and those evacuees who helped carry the goods.
During an interview with Sen. Angara, he stated ways on helping the evacuees from short term solutions like “giving relief goods to those affected” to long term solutions like “infrastructure that would alleviate damages … from these typhoons."
“As we know with climate change, we should always be prepared for the worst,” he said.
Angara along with Butuan City Mayor Ronnie Vic Lagnada and Vice Mayor Jose “Joboy” Aquino II, led the distribution of relief goods for the evacuees who have since vacated their homes since Jan. 20.
“We were thinking of going to Cagayan de Oro City but we were told that there were more people affected in Caraga region, that’s why we shifted our plans to Caraga,” the senator explained.
Moreover, Cagayan de Oro faced heavy rains that led to severe flooding in the said area, gaining the senator’s attention prior to Butuan.
“We heard that CDO [received] a lot of donations already … [We need] to make sure that at least everyone receives some help,” he added.
After Butuan, Angara visited other towns in Agusan del Sur, including Bayugan City and Prosperidad. (Jeffrey Tuazon/Mark Carag, ANHS-Butuan City/PIA-Agusan del Norte)