Sen. Marco Rubio visits typhoon relief hub in Tacloban

By Melanie Bingco and Don Tagala, ABS-CBN News North America Bureau

Jan. 22, 2014

TACLOBAN, PHILIPPINES – US Senator Marco Rubio, R-Fla., arrived in Tacloban Wednesday morning in the Philippines to review the ongoing recovery efforts in the Typhoon Yolanda affected areas.

One of his stops is the Department of Social Welfare and Development warehouse.

DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman brought the Republican Senator up to speed on the relief and rehabilitation efforts of the Philippine Government.

Soliman said, “Hindi ko alam kung monitoring ang tawag dun. Ang intindi ko, gusto nilang makita pano sila nakatulong at pano pa sila makakatulong.”

The Florida Senator even helped volunteers repack relief goods.

He is accompanied by the US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg.

Rubio said, “I came from Florida that’s been affected by storms in the past, not as bad as this, and people came to help us. So now we’re glad to be able to help a little bit.”

“We’re happy that Senator Rubio is here to see what we’re doing to help the people of Leyte and Samar,” Ambassador Goldberg said. “We want to be helpful in the next part of the process, which is the recovery.”

While some of the local volunteers were not able to speak to the senator in English, they say they are happy that he is there to help and are hoping that the United States will continue to do so.

Aling Emerita Dagumay and Winfreda Rom came all the way from Samar to volunteer at the DSWD hub. They say the only way they can have access to food is by volunteering at the Food-for-Work Programs by the DSWD.

“Ang saya namin kanina dahil nandito ang bisita namin,” Dagumay said

Rom said, “Sir, buligan, tutulongan mo kami dito.”

The Florida senator also visited the Astrodome Evacuation Center and met with city officials.
Rubio promised them that he will encourage more Americans to continue to help the survivors of the Super Typhoon especially when it comes to rehabilitation and recovery.

Rubio said, “We want to continue to explore ways where we can be helpful, not just to recover but to make Tacloban better than ever.”

Rubio, who is one of the highest-ranking members of the US Foreign Relations Committee, is on a week-long trip to Asia visiting Japan, South Korea and the Philippines.

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  • JD
    24 January 2014 at 8:15 am - Reply

    Sen. Rubio your a good man, went to philippines to see that everything is OK ?