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Despite the calamities that hit the country, Sen. Nancy Binay remained optimistic that the Filipino resiliency would prevail anew especially those who were victims of Typhoons Vinta and Urduja.

“We Filipinos were challenged by the past year 2017. But like the bamboo that sways with the fiercest winds, we Filipinos survived and soldiered on,” she said.

“Nananatili tayong nakatayo at di natitinag, dala ang pag-asa at panalangin na sa bawat pagpapaninula ay may mas matibay at mas malakas na Pilipinong uusbong,” she added.

The chair of the Senate committee on social justice, welfare and rural development urged local government units to prioritize the rebuilding of the areas affected by the onslaught of the recent typhoons.

“Sa 2017, haharapin natin ang pagtatayo at pagsasaayos ng mga komunidad at buhay na sinalanta ng mga bagyo at mga sakuna. Magtatagumpay tayo, sapagkat ang Filipino ay handang tumulong sa bawat isa at may isang bisyon ng isang mas masagana at pinagpalang buhay,” she said.

“May the merrymaking ushered by the start of the New Year 2018 stay forever in our hearts and turn sadness into joy and happiness throughout the year,” Binay said.