Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez met with Mr. Nestor Ramos, Regional Director of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Ormoc City last July 20, 2014, to discuss ways and means by which newly-arrived aid materials can best be distributed amongst Yolanda victims in the area.
Also in attendance were Mr. Resty Macuto – Assistant Regional Director of DSWD, Mr. Rolly Laganga Administrative Officer V ( central Office), Hon. Indoy Arevalo – Provincial Board Member, 4th District of Leyte, Hon. Ramon C. Oñate – Municipal Mayor, Palompon, Leyte, Hon. Vince Rama – City Councilor, Ormoc City, Mr. Matt Torres, and Mrs. Carmen Jean Torres-Rama.
“God always has an angel of help for those who are willing to do their duty.”–T.L. Cuyler
It has been said that just when you think that things can’t be helped, when you’re at your wit’s end and you’re just about to give up, God sends you an angel.
Congresswoman Lucy Torres-Gomez and her staff were faced with the gargantuan task of transporting banca molds and materials from Manila to Ormoc, which they needed for 6200: The Mission Possible Project of Leyte IV, so named for the number of registered fishermen in Leyte IV who were hardest hit by Typhoon Yolanda, losing not just their homes but their only means of livelihood. The project got overwhelming support from various civic and business organizations, as well as their own network of friends, something Cong. Lucy and her husband Richard Gomez is very thankful for.
Now here perhaps was the biggest logistical problem they would face in transporting relief and rehabilitation supplies to the district. They tried writing the Philippine Navy to transport all the goods, but were told that it was not possible at the time. Cong. Lucy found herself turning to God in prayer. Then someone suggested to EA Yeye Vivas that they write to the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Why not? They were willing to try anything.
One day, the answer came via an email from one Major Rizaldy Laurena, who turned out to be Chief of the Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response of the AFP. The Congressional Office now refers to him as their angel because he gave them wings, in form of C130 airplanes to transport the banca molds. Where they once hoped to travel by sea, they could now fly their supplies to Ormoc, where the boat-making facility is. In addition to that, Major Laurena has also arranged for a navy ship to do the same, enabling them to transport not just the boat molds, but other goods intended for the survivors of Yolanda in Leyte.
Yet another prayer answered, a problem solved, things falling into place as they should.