Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos said it is time for “bayanihan” amid the damage wrought by Tropical Storm Usman in the Bicol Region and Eastern Visayas.
The Ilocos Norte politiko said the provincial government is ready to give assistance to the victims.
At least 86 died while several went missing due to Usman.
“We feel for our brothers and sisters in the Bicol region and Eastern Visayas who have lost loved ones and suffered damages to properties due to tropical storm Usman. This is a time for bayanihan. We will do what we can to help our kababayans in need. Ilocanos will be sending our donations ASAP,” she said.
“We in Ilocos Norte know firsthand what it is like to suffer from natural calamities. Typhoon Ompong left behind at least P14.27 billion in agricultural damage, of which rice production accounted for more than 60 percent of the losses. It is not just our farmers who suffered the brunt of these damages but all of us,” Marcos added.