Mark Villar

TO ease the burdens of fellow Filipinos ra­vaged  by super typhoon Odette that struck parts of the Visayas and Mindanao regions, former secretary Mark  Villar through Villar SIPAG has been providing them assistance.

Mark Villar has ordered the  continuous distribution of relief packs consisting of sacks of rice, noodles and blankets.

Villar cited the collaborative efforts of those coming from the private and public sectors, including public servants, to help alleviate the “bad situation” that befell our people in these parts of the country.

He also appealed to the  international community to provide humanitarian help to areas har­dest hit by Odette.

“Let us all set aside politics and put our efforts and resources together to help,” he stressed.

“We are helping them in their struggles in the aftermath  of the super typhoon. While they are  yet to recover from the hard impact  of the Co­vid-19 pandemic, they are now faced with the the ill effects of Odette,” he further stated.

Villar said the de­vastation was “heartbreaking” as many lives were lost and properties like houses and buildings were destroyed.

In giving aid to the typhoon victims, he said, we are also helping our government.

The former secretary of DPWH has also been providing blankets to the typhoon victims to keep them warm as the typhoon occurred during the Christmas season.

Among the beneficiaries of the relief packs are the following: Bacolod City, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu, Tagbilaran City, Bohol, Neg­ros Oriental, Tacloban City, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Wes­tern Samar, Zamboanga City, Misamis Oriental, Bukidnon, Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, Butuan City, Siargao, and Surigao del Norte.

Also given the blankets are  Iloilo City, Mandaue City, Bohol, Bukidnon,  Agusan del Norte, Dinagat, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur and Surigao City.