Just a day after severe Tropical Storm Florita lashed some provinces in northern Luzon, the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation’s (PAGCOR) new top management immediately sent a team to distribute relief goods to the affected localities on August 25 to 26, 2022.

PAGCOR turned over a total of 6,000 food packs and non-food items worth P3.46 million to the provinces of Cagayan and Isabela, which were among the hardest hit provinces.

Bonifacio Cuarteros, Cagayan Chief of Center Management Division and Focal Person on Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) Disaster Response Relief said their agricultural crops was heavily damaged by Florita. The province reportedly lost about P344 million worth of agricultural products.

“Ang province ng Cagayan ay may total na 1.2 million population at marami sa kanila ang hanap-buhay ay farming at pangingisda. Ang malaking tinamaan at naapektuhan ay ang agricultural crops at mas naapektuhan talaga ay ang mga farmers ng mais,” he shared.

Bonifacio also thanked PAGCOR for their donation and prompt response. “Ang PAGCOR ang kauna-unahang nag-abot ng tulong sa aming probinsya. Malaking pasalamat ng pamunuan ng province of Cagayan dahil sa maagap at malaking tulong na naibigay ng ahensya.”

Isabela PSWDO Officer Lucila Ambatali likewise expressed her gratitude to PAGCOR for the relief goods they have donated to the province.

“Dati ng tumutulong ang PAGCOR sa probinsya ng Isabela. At nagpapasalamat kami na kaagad kaming naabutan ng tulong. Maraming salamat PAGCOR. Sana wala ng susunod pang disaster,” she expressed.

According to Ambatali, more than 6,700 individuals in 43 barangays were affected in Isabela. “Most of the damages ay sa northern portion ng province lalo na yung nasa coastal towns.” #