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Gov Pineda distributes 20K food packs amid floodwaters

RELIEF GOODS. Governor Dennis ‘Delta’ Pineda distributes food packs to flood-hit communities in Candaba on Saturday, July 29. (Pampanga PIO)

PAMPANGA — Governor Dennis ‘Delta’ Pineda personally inspected the flood-ravaged areas in the province, distributing almost 20,000 food packs to the affected families.

This as torrential rains brought by Typhoon Egay and the habagat caused severe flooding, leaving thousands of residents in distress.

Governor Pineda spent two days visiting the municipalities of Candaba, San Luis, San Simon, Minalin, Sto. Tomas and the City of San Fernando.

Almost 20,000 affected residents directly benefited from the food packs, providing essential sustenance during this trying time.

The towns of Candaba received 2,700 food packs, which were then distributed to the barangays of Bahay Pare (1,200), Pescadores, Gulap, Buas, and Sto. Rosario (1,500). In addition, the municipalities of San Luis (3,000), Minalin (5,820), San Simon (3,000), and Sto. Tomas (2,000) were recipients of Governor Pineda’s benevolence.

The City of San Fernando also received 1,000 food packs, while the affected barangays Del Pilar (1,000), Pandaras (400), and Sta. Teresita (440) were not left behind.

Governor Pineda was assisted by Special Assistant to the Governor (SAG) Angelina Blanco, Acting PSWDO Fe Manarang, and staff from PDRRMO, PSWDO, GSO, and PIO. 

To ensure the safety and welfare of the residents, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council remained vigilant, standing ready on a 24/7 basis. 

The devastating impact of the floods was felt across 235 barangays in 16 municipalities and one city, affecting over 144,340 families comprising a total of 512,722 individuals as of July 31, 7 AM.

As floodwaters continuously submerge thousands of agricultural lands, damages totaled P175,560,656 in rice, P 2,479,200 in high-value crops, P 4,900,449 in corn, and P 132,758,016  in fisheries.

In the wake of the calamity, 112 evacuation centers were set up across 82 barangays, offering refuge to 1,550 families or 6,057 individuals displaced by the floods.

The municipalities of Macabebe, San Simon, and Sto. Tomas, San Luis have already declared a state of calamity as of this writing.