Former interior and local government secretary Mar Roxas on Thursday turned to social media for help for his home province Capiz after it was devastated by Typhoon Agathon (international name: Megi).
Roxas on Facebook and Twitter pleaded help for the thousands of people in their locality who was displaced by the first strong storm of 2022, saying that any form of help would go a long way.
"Dear Friends, TY Agaton really hit us hard in Capiz. Thousands of evacuees, hundreds of homes destroyed, crops &fishponds wiped out. Any help you give is a God-send. No amount is too small," he said, noting that as little as P50 could buy 1 kg of rice, up to 3 pieces of dried fish or several packs of noodles.
"Madamo gid nga salamat," he said in their native language.
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Roxas said anyone who wants to help could course it through the Gerry Roxas Foundation, or the Roxas City Mayor's office, whose bank and contact details he provided.
He added that their focus in assisting is to buy rice to "feed as many as possible", noting that the local National Food Authority warehouse managed to evade flooding due to its elevated location.