DAVAO CITY – Senator Christopher Lawrence Go along with officials from national agencies visited and distributed assistance to the flood-stricken residents in Sto. Tomas, Davao del Norte on Saturday afternoon (Feb. 20).
“President Duterte extends his warm greetings to all of you. Though can’t personally come here, he prayed that you can surpass this crisis,” he said.
On Tuesday (Feb. 16), the Sangguniang Bayan of Sto. Tomas, Davao del Norte has declared a state of calamity, after the town was severely affected by widespread flood due to localized thunderstorms.
The flood displaced 6, 545 families in 10 flood-stricken barangays: Barangay New Katipunan with 2, 200 affected families, Barangay Kinamayan with 1, 638 families, Barangay San Miguel with 1, 131 families, Barangay San Jose with 352 families, Barangay Tibal-og with 660 families, Barangay Kimamon with 100 families, Barangay San Vicente with 15 families, Barangay Pantaron with 53 families and Barangay Lunga-og with 98 families and Barangay Salvacion with 298 affected families.
Total damage to agriculture sector is pegged at P47 million which covers rice, corn, cavendish banana, vegetables, livestock and poultry, and fisheries while on infrastructure, total damaged is PHP8 million which covers bridges, roads, schools, among others.
Go distributed grocery packs, vitamins, bicycles, computer tablets [for students’ modular classes], and shoes, while the Department of Health (DOH) distributed hygiene kits.
The beneficiaries also got various forms of assistance from national government agencies including the Department of Social Welfare Development, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, and Department of Agriculture/
“Rest assured that the government will help you,” Go said.