After flooding incident

TACLOBAN CITY – A total of 125 families, whose houses were completely destroyed by the shearline-induced flooding that struck Catarman, the capital of Northern Samar province, last year, received shelter material assistance from the Chinese Embassy in the Philippines.

The shelter materials, consisting of corrugated G.I. sheets and marine plywood worth P1 million, were handed over by Zhang Shuhao, chief of staff of the Chinese Consulate General in Cebu.

The distribution was assisted by the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office and the Catarman Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office.

Present during the turnover ceremony were board member Emmanuel Christian Uy, representing Governor Edwin Ongchuan, Catarman Vice Mayor Francisco Rosales Jr., Andres Balajadia Jr., barangay chairman of Washington, and Fred Salazar, chairman of Brgy. Tinowaran.

The 125 families include 110 beneficiary households from Brgy. Tinowaran and 15 from Brgy. Washington. Brgy. Tinowaran, a low-lying area located along the river, was the hardest hit by the massive flooding in late 2023.

Uy conveyed Governor Ongchuan’s appreciation for the generosity of the Chinese Embassy, which the provincial government had requested following the devastating floods.

Vice Mayor Rosales Jr., on behalf of his son Mayor Rosales III, also expressed gratitude from the municipal government for the assistance provided to the flood victims.

The municipal officials extended their thanks to the provincial government for their efforts in seeking donors to aid in the recovery and rehabilitation of the flood-damaged houses in their municipality. (ROEL T. AMAZONA)