Tabuk City, Kalinga – As an early Christmas gift to families affected by Typhoon Ulysses in the areas of Kalinga Province, Bulanao Public Market Stall Owners, Vendors, and Consumers Association members continue their relief operation.
Just this November 22, the group went to Pong-ad, Taga, Pinukpuk, one of the areas that experienced displacement during the onslaught of Ulysses.
According to Barangay Kagawad Clarita Salibad, at least 68 families were forced to evacuate to the Barangay Hall and Pinukpuk Vocational High School when the water started rising in their area caused by heavy downpour.
It was a pre-emptive evacuation which was responded positively.
Salibad narrated that there is a mountain in their area that is eroding and that PHILVOCS had placed a censor to detect the movement of the soil. This mountain, she said, caused the flood since soil from the mountain slid down to the canal.
“Ijay lang met ma’am nga time[nga naglayos]. Haan met nga napigsa tudo ken angin,haan unay nga napigsa ngem kaskasdaaw garud diyay ta early in the morning ket biglan nga addan iti danum isunga morning kami nga nag evacuate ta diyay,” she narrated.
Nevertheless, the barangay is thankful for the relief given to them, “umuna iti amin, permi iti panagyaman mi ta uray nu nalpas iti bagyon, inmay paylaeng iti gracia. Thank you very much kanyayu nga nagapu ijay Bulanao ket sapay kuma ta ni Apo Diyos ti kanayun nga mangtultulong ken mangmangted kanyayo iti blessings ken salun-at ken pigsa.”
Meanwhile, one of the beneficiaries, Andres Dao-ayan expressed his gratitude, noticing the willingness of the association to happily share what they have.
“...thank you, kasta met ta maragsakan diyay tao nga mangited kanyam. Thank you, thank you. Salamat po,” he expressed.
Jamillah Sallidao, on the other hand, said that their relief operation is the second time. She added that all goods given came from the money of their members which they collected.
Sallidao also mentioned that there are still relief goods left and that they are planning to share these to Isabela.
The basic necessity packs given to the people in Pong-ad, Taga include 4 kilograms of rice, 10 pieces sardines, 10 pieces noodles, a kilo of sugar, a kilo of salt, a bottle of oil, 4 bars laundry soap, and bath soap.
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