Mabitac National High School, Brgy. Pag-asa, Mabitac, Laguna
12 August 2012

President Benigno S. Aquino III continued his relief goods distribution to victims of the southwest monsoon that brought devastating floods to most parts of Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

Accompanied by some of his Cabinet members, the President visited Mabitac National High School in Laguna to check on the conditions of the evacuees and the school buildings that serve as evacuation center to 192 affected families (more than 689 persons) living in eight barangays in Mabitac.

In a brief message, President Aquino said that government agencies are ready to provide services to calamity victims at all times. He announced a project to be undertaken by the Department of Public Works and Highways that will involve the construction of a dike in Laguna Lake that will permanently solve the perennial flooding in the province. He also instructed Mabitac Mayor Gerardo Fader to submit within the week his plans for the school building reconstruction of Mabitac National High School.

The President then distributed relief goods worth P250 each to the evacuees. Each pack contains 3 kilos of rice, canned goods like sardines, meat loaf and corned beef, instant noodles and a sleeping mat or banig. A total cost of P12,500 assistance or 50 family food packs had been provided as of 11 August 2012 by DSWD.

Mabitac is a 5th class muncipality in Laguna comprised of 15 barangays. Its total population as of 2007 is 17,608 and the 2009 municipal poverty incidence is 14.40. Rice farming is the common form of livelihood of its residents.

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