By Felix ‘Boy’ Espineda, Jr.
MATNOG, Sorsogon, 08April2014 (BicolToday.com) – Witnessing the ready smiles and infectious personalities of the people of Matnog town,
Robert Lee Rodrigueza, provincial administrator of Sorsogon quipped
that the tenacity of the population and the resoluteness of its public
officials should be emulated by other local executives who service
stranded passengers during calamity.
My belief that the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office had done a big job in serving and handling critical situations during calamities. While it has to oversee safety for its people, it never neglect the needs of its transient visitors as what we witness in the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda, Lee said.
The observation was made when the town hosted Senator Teofisto
“TG”Guingona who funded the three million pesos construction of the
evacuation building with his PDAF before its abolition. He said that
the town of forty barangays should not be overstressed in serving the
needs of stranded passengers bound to Samar and Mindanao noting that
the province has to tap from its quick response fund to ease the town
treasury to answer the emergency needs of the strandees.
“The quality of your public servants here, your Mayor Panday,
referring to Mayor Emilio ‘Panday’ Ubaldo and the town council is hard
to believe yet they have proven their critics wrong”. It is not easy
attending to the needs of the strandees, you please some and
displeases others, sometimes you will be bash in the social networks,
but your officials continue doing the unnecessary for the stranded
passengers sake, was how he characterize the town officials actions
Rodrigueza was on hand together with Governor Raul Lee, military and
police officers to witness the ground breaking of the Matnog Urban
Resettlement Project and the Matnog Community College Campus which was highlighted by the formal presentation of the town to Senator Guingona
of the multi-purpose building which will be an “off-road shelter” for
stranded passengers bound to the islands of Samar and Mindanao. [BicolToday.com]