By Stanley Palisada
The Public Works Department has only a few weeks to prepare for the Pope’s visit to Leyte.
The agency is rushing to finish over 1,200 steel barriers, which will secure the sites included in the itinerary of Pope Francis.
Welder Eugenio Pagayanan from Borongan, Eastern Samar has been working all week to help finish the barriers. He says he considers his work an honor and a blessing. As a Yolanda survivor, it’s his way of giving thanks.
The DPWH says the materials used in making the barriers also came from Yolanda debris.
Meanwhile, a small hotel along the route of the Papal convoy is now fully booked for January. Sales is also brisk for those selling Pope Francis souvenirs at the Tacloban Airport.
Yolanda survivors whose homes are along the route of the Papal convoy are excited to see Pope Francis. They say the mere presence of the Pope is already a blessing.