Pagcor volunteers pose with essentials they distributed to typhoon-affected communities in Bicol.
IMMEDIATE aid reached thousands of residents in the Bicol area who were hit by super typhoon Rolly after the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) recently delivered vital relief supplies to Albay and Camarines Sur provinces.
The majority of typhoon victims who had lost their homes to devastating winds and heavy rains received food and non-food aid packages from Pagcor. The agency’s volunteers brave severely damaged roads and the long drive from Manila to Bicol to bring the beneficiaries the necessary help.
The food packaging distributed by Pagcor contained rice, instant noodles, and canned goods, while non-food items consisted of blankets, mosquito nets, and toiletries.
Among those who benefited from Pagcor’s relief efforts were Ramil and Cecille Guevarra, a couple from Pili, Camarines Sur, who were temporarily forced to live with their five children in a barrack built on a rice dryer after their home was completely destroyed by the typhoon had been .
Ramil’s concern is how to rebuild a decent animal shelter as his meager income from raising ducks and growing rice is barely enough to support his family with food.
Pagcor’s ongoing relief operations in Bicol began on November 7th. The team will also head to Catanduanes Island, which first took the brunt of the world’s strongest typhoon this year.
Andrea Domingo, Pagcor’s chairman and chief executive officer, said that while the Covid-19 pandemic has crippled the agency’s revenue, it will continue to do her best to help the typhoon victims in Bicol.