|Calasiao Mayor Mark Roy Macanlalay (yellow shirt) distributed the relief goods given to him by Vice Pres. Jojo Binay|
CALASIAO – The mayor of this flood-prone town lauded recently the gesture of Vice President Jejomar Binay by giving 4000 relief goods to the 14 flooded villages here.
Mayor Mark Roy Macanlalay said that the 4000 goodies have variably composed of can goods, noodles, rice, coffee, and some used clothes.
A source who asked anonymity here said that each of the goods cost roughly P400. “We were lucky that the staff of Vice President Binay was in Bugallon and Rosales (towns) distributing relief goods. So when they saw on TV (flood here) they proceeded here immediately,” Macanlalay stressed.
Some of the 14 barangays that were recipients of the generosity of Binay were Longos, Nalsian, Banaoang, San Vicente, Poblacion East, Poblacion West, Buenlag,and Talibaew.
He said this town has 24 villages. He said that he personally delivered the goods to recipients in many of these barangays, while some leaders of these flooded villages went to the municipal hall and claimed those intended for their constituents.
Mayor Macanlalay cited that floods on these villages are already part and parcel of the topography there. “Part na ng Calasiao. Kaya iyong iba ayaw na mag-relocate. Minsan sa isang ta-on, two times, three times. Nakasanayan na (Flood is part already of the villages there. Many of these people in these barangays would not relocate. They reasoned out that the advent of the deluge ensued only once, twice, or thrice a year),”he explained.
He said that among the flood-besieged 14 villages, Brgy. Talibaew was the hardest hit where the water sometimes reached breast level.
Macanlalay said that aside from the relief goods from the vice president, this town has stocks of goods to boot from the municipal government and those that came from GMA-7 Kapuso Foundation for any eventuality (Mortz C. Ortigoza).