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    Phl senator helps Haiyan survivors

    SENATOR Cynthia Villar on Thursday flew to Leyte province in Central Philippines bringing the needs of “Yolanda” (Haiyan) survivors for them to start life anew and build new hope.
    Villar, Chairperson of Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food, visited the towns of Calubian, Leyte, Tabango and Villaba to help in the ongoing rebuilding and rehabilitation efforts in the province.
    She said she will continue to extend help and support typhoon Yolanda-affected areas, particularly to farmers, fishermen and their families.
    The lady senator visited the towns of Dulag, Julita, Mayorga and Tanauan in Leyte last month and assessed the situation of survivors.
    "We want to help as many people as we can. The momentum to start anew is there already, we will provide them with what they need, so that they will be on track in rebuilding their lives, homes and livelihoods," said Villar.
    Villar distributed farm implements from the Department of Agriculture (DA) to 500 families in each town. These include 75 bags of vegetable seeds (such as corn, pechay, tomato, okra and ampalaya) and 125 to 500 coconut seedlings (depending on the size of their land) as well as 500 bags of organic fertilizers from Villar Foundation. Food packs will also be provided.
    She also handed out certificates of 10 motorized fishing boats with nets to fishermen and cooperatives from DA and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in each town.
    "Farmers and fishermen need to be prioritized since most of the affected areas rely on agriculture. It is important for them to get back on their farms and on the sea to their lives and that of their families will normalize," Villar said.
    She likewise provided roofing materials (G.I. sheets and nails) to families, whose houses were destroyed by typhoon Yolanda, in each of the four towns cited.
    "I learned that there are still some houses which are yet to be repaired. We will at least make sure that their roofs will be fixed. That's the most urgent and important--a roof over their heads," said Villar.
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