By Helen Castaño | 02:39 PM December 25, 2021

Bohol 2nd District Rep. Aris Aumentado brought relief packs and spent Christmas Eve with survivors of Typhoon Odette in Barangay Casate in Ubay town.

There were 849 relief packs were given to the residents who welcomed Christmas in the ruins of their communities.

“Wala jud makababag nga mag-Pasko mi maskin sa sitwasyun namo. Mao mapasalamaton gihapon mi sa Ginoo,” said Karen Cutamora, 43, from a tiny shanty rising from a field of debris.

She said the presence of Aumentado who assured them help would come gave her a relief.

“Abi namo gibiyaan nami nga wala nay nakahinumdum namo,” she added.

With the relief packs, Cutamora said they had something to eat on Christmas Eve.

In return, the residents sang “Joy to The World” and “Kasadya ning Taknaa”.

Aumentado said relief packs were given to residents in Ubay, Inabanga, Pres. Carlos P. Garcia, Bien Unido and Talibon.

“More relief packs are coming from our friends and donors,” he said.

Aumentado’s wife, Vanessa, is also spearheading a relief operation.

Aumentado also spent noche buena inside the big tent in Ubay with the 911 Rescue Team from Davao City sent by Mayor Sara Duterte.

“Merry Christmas sa tanan! Bisan pa sa tanan natong nahi-agoman, padayon lang gyud gihapon ta nga magmalig-on ug maningkamot nga malagpasan ni natong tanan,” said Vanessa.

Odette’s ferocious winds flattened the town of Ubay and neighboring towns.

Ubay and nearby towns accounted for more than 100 confirmed deaths.

By Bohol Island News

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