Drenched in flood water, 12-year old Bimbim had to walk through the knee-high waters of Barangay Palatiw in Pasig City to taste her first hot meal relief after four days of non-stop monsoon rains in Metro Manila and other parts of Luzon.
“Walang relief na umaabot sa amin (No relief has reached us),” the grade six pupil said. Bimbim lives in Bolante 2 which is a far walk to the Barangay Hall of Palatiw. Since the rains started to fall Monday night, August 6, Bimbim and her sister, 11-year old Tonya, had to sleep over with some neighbors who had safer and higher places as their house has been under thigh-high deep flood water.
Since no relief operations has reached their place, Bimbim said she and her sister had to help push small boats that transport people to earn small amounts of money for food.
Bimbim and her sister were some of the children who came for the Hot Meals Relief of the Citizens’ Disaster Response Center (CDRC) and the Community Response for Enlightenment, Service and Transformation, Inc. (CREST) in this barangay on Saturday, August 11.
Ms. Dina Guevarra, the barangay captain’s wife, said relief goods for those affected by the floods in Pasig City did not come as fast and plenty as compared to how they came three years ago during typhoon Ondoy. Thus, relief operations had only been through the local government. There are about 700 evacuees housed in the barangay hall of Palatiw since Tuesday, August 7 and around 4,500 families affected by the floods in this area. #