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Ba’t ang bagal ng tulong? Leni wants to fast-track pace of aid to ‘Nina’-hit areas

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Vice President Leni Robredo has taken notice of the glacial pace of providing assistance to Bicolanos affected by Typhoon Nina when she returned to her home province Tuesday (January 3) for a visit.

“Sa tingin ko medyo mabagal, mabagal iyong galaw,” Robredo said when asked to comment on the rehabilitation efforts being undertaken in the typhoon-hit areas.

She cited as example the complaint of a barangay captain in Ocampo town, who said the only assistance they have received so far came from the Office of the Vice President.

Robredo also noted the presence of fallen electric posts on the road more than a week after the typhoon hit.

“Tingin ko kailangan tulungan kung paano mapapabilis kasi medyo unusual ito na 8 days after hindi pa nga 50 percent iyong nababalik na kuryente,” she said.

The Bicol region was among the areas which suffered the brunt of Typhoon Nina’s wrath when it first made landfall on Dec. 25.

She said she will work on helping the typhoon victims, most of which earn a living from farming, get assistance from the Department of Agriculture.