Press Release
December 13, 2012


Senate President Pro Tempore Jinggoy Ejercito Estrada visited last Saturday the municipality of New Bataan, Compostela Valley after the onslaught of superstorm "Pablo."

Sen. Estrada, who took a quick sidetrip to a Compostela Valley after a speaking engagement in Cagayan de Oro City, also brought and distributed relief goods and supplies for thousands of affected families.

Sen. Estrada was the guest speaker during the 47th Induction of Officers of the Orobankers Club, Inc. which is composed of commercial, thrift and rural banks from all over Cagayan de Oro City.

"Nakakalungkot ang nangyari sa mga kababayan natin sa Mindanao, partikular sa Compostela Valley. Napakalawak ng iniwang pinsala ng bagyong Pablo at sa tingin ko, mahabang panahon ang kanilang kakailanganin upang tuluyang makabangon sa delubyong ito," Sen. Estrada laments, as he appeals to the private citizens and civic society to continue providing assistance and giving donations for the needy, especially during this Christmas holidays.

Compostela Valley is one of the worst-hit areas by typhoon "Pablo" (International name: "Bopha"). According to a December 12 update of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), Compostela Valley recorded 309 casualties. The storm affected 234 barangays and more than 600,000 persons.

Typhoon "Pablo" also left an estimated two billion peso damage in roads, bridges and flood control structures.

Sen. Estrada, who handed out relief bags containing assorted canned goods, rice, drinking water, biscuits, milk, among others at a local sports grandstand, was joined by Gov. Arturo Uy and New Bataan Mayor Lorenzo Balbin, Jr.

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