NAGA CITY, Jan. 9 (PIA) - The Asia Pacific Alliance for Disaster Management (A-PAD) Bicol, in response to the clamor for help of TD Usman's affected residents, trooped at Sitio Pagdaicon, Brgy. Mabolo here, Friday to deliver relief packs to 350 families.
Families affected at the said sitio lost their livelihood as many of their lots planted with assorted vegetables were submerged in floodwater.
The organized response was made possible through resource sharing of various partners from the business sector initiated by the Metro Naga Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MNCCI, Inc) thru its president Ferdinand Sia and Director Jose Perez, media, academe, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), LGU & the community.
The relief activity was participated by A-PAD partners, which include Philippine Information Agency (PIA)-Camarines Sur, Mariners Polytechnic Colleges (MPC), Metro Naga Development Council (MNDC), Kapisasan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP), BIGGS, Inc. and Atlantic Bakery.
On Tuesday, Jan. 8, A-PAD Bicol in partnership with Biggs and Metropolitan Naga Water District (MNWD) conducted relief mission at San Jose, Bula, Camarines Sur.
BIGG'S Inc., headed by its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Carlo Buenaflor, handed over relief packs to 700 families. MNWD brought their lorry to distribute clean and potable water to families still affected by flooding.
Buenaflor lauded A-PAD Bicol's teamwork and organized scheme for relief distribution, owing it to the preliminary social preparation and groundwork made by A-PAD personnel prior to the relief activity.
"I raise my hat to A-PAD Bicol for this organized effort. The pre-work was excellent and I hope this partnership will continue. It is always a pleasure to be of service," Buenaflor stated.
A-PAD Metro Naga, as pioneering local platform is being looked up and served as a model to the existing regional platforms created by A-PAD Philippines in terms of collaboration and response during the most vulnerable times. (LSMacatangay-PIAV/Camarines Sur)