Tuguegarao was knocked down by Typhoon Ulysses, but it is far from knocked out.
Even more, now helping the Ilocanos in Cagayan Valley’s capital stand up is Sen. Manny Pacquiao who himself shared blessings inside the Cagayan Sports Complex last Friday.
Boxing’s eight-division world champion handed out canned goods, eight-kilos of rice, medical kits, and P1,000 while always-ally Bounty Agro Ventures, Inc. (BAVI) provided good food.
Around 180 families in Tuguegarao were on hand to receive the relief goods, while the rest of the thousand packs of BAVI’s Marinado chicken went to barangay captains who would distribute them to remote households.
The provincial center was at the wrong end of a heavy haymaker from Typhoon Ulysses a month ago.
With Pacquiao’s help, however, the Ilokanos have just gotten much more determination for a counterpunch.