A total of 1000 families who have been affected by typhoon Lando last October in Palayan City, Nueva Ecija were given Christmas gift packs at the Thank You For The Love Gift-giving outreach activity led by the ABS-CBN Executive Committee last Friday, December 4 at Plaza Concepcion in Palayan City.
The beneficiaries specifically came from Barangays Betania, Laur, Calabasa and Gabaldon.
Head of Integrated News and Current Affairs Ging Reyes shared why ABS-CBN chose to conduct the gift-giving outreach activity for these barangays. "The real reason we chose these barangays and this area, well, the other areas that were really devastated by Lando were served by Sagip Kapamilya ably so itong mga families na ‘to ang mga kulang pa kaya sila napili na mabigyan ngayon ng tulong, mabigyan ng mga Christmas gift packs. ‘Yun ‘yung mga underserved families in their particular barangays. The other families who were also masasabi natin gravely affected by the typhoon, were ably served and assisted by our foundation kaya ito ‘yung kumbaga, para makumpleto natin ‘yung mga dapat bigyan ng tulong sa lugar," she said.
Recalling how the typhoon has badly affected the area, one of the city's barangay captains, Julius De Leon of Barangay Caimito said, “’Yung pong baha na dumating dito sa lungsod ng Palayan ay sinasabi po ng mga matatanda na 1936 lang nila nakita. So noong pong panahon na ‘yun, ngayon lang po ‘yun naulit, ganon po kalaki ‘yung tubig.” When asked how high did the flood reach, he answered, “Mahirap pong sabihin kung gaano kataas dahil talagang napakataas,” and even pointed at the roof of their covered court.
Likewise, resident Victorina Gante lamented at how the typhoon took away their livelihood. "Biglaan pong rumagasa ang tubig kaya wala ho kaming nagawa kung hindi lumikas po sa mas mataas na bahay. Lahat po ng kabuhayan namin, nabasa po pati pananim namin, na-washed out po kaya naranasan din po naming hindi kumain,” she said and added that her bigger problem now is how to start with their farming anew saying that their livelihood is very important for them. “Binhi man lang, malaking bagay na po sa’min ‘yun,” she said.
Aside from the breakfast and packed lunches, the beneficiaries received Christmas gift packs that included a Noche Buena package and a Sagip Kapamilya bag. Identified students also received school kits while identified farmers were given cans of seedlings. Some of our kababayans also took home raffle and game prizes such as ABS-CBN TV Plus black boxes and ABS-CBN items.
Aside from Ging Reyes, also present in the gift-giving activity were ABS-CBN Chairman Gabby Lopez, Channel Head Cory Vidanes and Chief Operating Officer Carlo Katigbak, among others.