GOVERNOR Victor Yap accompanied presidential sister and television and movie personality Kris Aquino in distributing relief goods to the estimated 2,500 families affected by typhoon Maring and the monsoon rains in the three congressional districts of Tarlac province, August 23.
Aquino’s group made stops in Paniqui, Tarlac city and Concepcion where she was met by Yap, third district Representative Noel Villanueva, Mayors Dors Rivilla and Andy Lacson, Board Members Noel dela Cruz, Marcelino Aganon Jr. Cristy Angeles, Harmes Sembrano, Henry de Leon, Joji David, Boy Mandal, Tootsie Cruz and Casada David other local officials.
Dubbed as “Queen of All Media”, Aquino likewise distributed relief goods in Pampanga and Bulacan.
“We would like to thank Kris for her concern and love for her fellow Tarlaquenos,” Yap said.
For five straight days, Luzon was battered by heavy monsoon rains dumping record high rain waters submerging low lying provinces such as parts of Tarlac, Pampanga, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pangasinan, Nueva Vizcaya, Aurora, Cagayan and the Northern and Southern Ilocos, including Metro Manila.
Aquino was also accompanied by fellow movie and television personality John “Sweet” Lapus and the entire staff of her famed morning TV show Kris RealiTV.
Yap Visits Tarlac dike
On August 22, Yap visited the damaged portions of the Tarlac river embankment and led the distribution of relief goods to the affected families of barangays Cut-Cut I and Salapungan.
The relief goods came from the office of Vice President Jejomar Binay.
“The damaged portions of the Tarlac dike must be immediately repaired immediately. If not, I do not think that it can hold much longer,” Yap said.
The dike protects the central commercial district of Tarlac city.
During the height of the monsoon rains, elements from the Tarlac Police Provincial Office, the 3rd Mechanized Division of the Northern Luzon Command and the provincial and city governments conducted massive sandbagging to prevent the further destruction of the dike.
—Arvin F. M. Cabalu/PIO Media Affairs
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