By Eileen Leus
Thousands of families in the town of Apalit in Pampanga found their homes still submerged in floodwaters days after back-to-back typhoons hit the Philippines. In efforts to help these victims, the Zuellig Family Foundation, through its Community Disaster Relief Program, gave 1,000 families relief packs consisting of food, milk and water.
Assisting the Foundation in the storing, packing and distribution of the relief goods were the Rotary Clubs of Manila Sta. Ana, Abad Santos, Downtown Manila, Rotary Club of Southern Pampanga, Rotary International (RI) District 3810, RI District 3790, the Iglesia Filipina Independiente Church and the 703th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army. The Coca-Cola Foundation (Philippines) gave 1,000 six-liter water jugs.
Apalit was just one among several towns in Pampanga and Bulacan that suffered from deep floods as typhoons Pedring and Quiel battered Northern and Central Luzon in late September and early October.
Waters dumped by the two typhoons caused Pampanga River, where 30 river systems in Central Luzon converge, to swell and flood several towns. The two typhoons left 120 dead and P15.1 billion worth of damages in agriculture and infrastructure.