Noveleta, Cavite
October 31, 2022

President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. reassured his ‘kababayans’ affected by Tropical Storm ‘Paeng’ that they will return home and go back to their normal lives, as he led the distribution of relief goods and financial aid in Noveleta, Cavite.

“At sa lalong madaling panahon maibalik na sa kanilang tahanan dahil alam na alam ko naman na pagka ganito lahat ng na-evacuate eh talagang gustong bumalik kaagad. At tinitiyak na lang natin na hindi naman magiging delikado ang pagbalik sa mga — sa inyong mga tahanan, sa inyong mga negosyo,” said President Marcos Jr. in his speech.

Under the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situations (AICS) Program, about 500 families received assistance that included 1,600 family food packs, 500 hygiene kits, 500 sleeping kits and PhP4.1 million worth of financial assistance.

With a diameter of over 1,100 kilometers, Tropical Storm ‘Paeng’ made a series of landfall across different regions in the country. The Municipality of Noveleta, along with Kawit, was one of the hardest-hit areas in Cavite as severe rains from the uplands caused heavy flooding leading to the destruction of a river wall near the Ylang-Ylang River.

“Magkakaroon tayo ng long — plano na long-term para kahit na lumakas ang tubig nang husto ay hindi na guguho ‘yung lupa at hindi na tayo inaabutan ng mga landslide na ‘yun ang mga nagiging problema,” the Chief Executive said.

He reiterated that his Administration is finalizing long-term solutions to severe flooding and heavy infrastructural damages brought about by calamities.

He also emphasized to all offices of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) that preemptive evacuation plays a crucial role in mitigating human casualties during natural disasters.

“Kami na munang bahala rito. We will take charge here and then make sure na okay kayong lahat,” President Marcos Jr. ended in his speech.

Around 60,000 families have been affected by severe flooding in Cavite. Of these numbers, 18,000 families have been evacuated, with majority having already returned to their homes.

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