Lucy Torres & Richard Gomez Seek Help From Private Groups

Leyte Representative Lucy Torres and her husband Richard Gomez are grateful for the outpouring of support and donations Ormoc City received in the aftermath of super typhoon Yolanda.

The couple posted online photos of the devastation brought by the storm and sought help from private groups and other sectors.

During an episode of ‘Kris TV’, Torres said that they received numerous help from local and foreign donors but the main problem is how to bring the aid to far flunk barangays in fourth district of Leyte.

Logistically, it is difficult, she added.

Torres said that even before the province was hit by Yolanda last week, land travel to the mountain communities usually take two hours. It became much more difficult now to reach these areas due to the effects of the calamity.

Aside from logistical problems, Gomez explained that politics plays a big part in the delay in the distribution of relief goods.

Torres said further that there is still no working hospital in Ormoc and electricity is still down in the whole province of Leyte.

The lawmaker said that the long-term problem of the people in Ormoc is their source of livelihood.

She said the sugar industry, which is the main source of income in the province, was paralyzed by the calamity.

Torres believed the province will stand again and recover from the recent calamity.

People are homeless, but definitely not hopeless because the outpouring of support has just been so great.