Marikeños set up ‘food cable’ system to help neighbors amid flood

Marikeños set up ‘food cable’ system to help neighbors amid flood
BAYANIHAN SPIRIT

Even after harsh winds and raging flood waters lashed Marikina City during the onslaught of Typhoon Ulysses, residents reached out to their neighbors in need of food.

According to JM Encinas’ “Stand for Truth” report on Tuesday, Peejay Samar and his family used an improvised cable to transport food from their home to a group of 30 people, composed mostly of kids.

The video of children, who were stranded on the second floor of an unfinished house amid houses submerged in floodwaters, cheering as a plastic container of food made its way to them has since gone viral on social media.

“Noong mga oras na ‘yon, mataas na ‘yung baha… and then dahil nga mabilis ‘yung pag akyat ng tubig, hindi sila nakadala ng pagkain nila tapos isa sa mga kapitbahay namin sumisigaw na, ‘Pahinging pagkain,’” Samar recalled.

Edgardo Montoya, one of the recipients of the food from the Samar family, shared how they came up with the idea of setting up a cable system to send out food.

“Una po mahirap. Hindi namin maibaba eh, hanggang humanap pa kami ng mahabang alambre at lubid, pinagdikit dikit namin,” he said.

In Nangka, Naomi Guarino tossed food packed in plastic bags from her house to neighbors who were on rooftops.

“Mahirap gawin kasi nakatungtong lang ako sa isang paso tapos umakyat ako sa grills namin habang naaalala ko ‘yung mga kapit bahay namin na sumisigaw na nagugutom na sila,” she said.

“Pinabayaan na namin ‘yung ibang gamit namin na lumutang. Ang mahalaga, makapagluto kaagad kami para maibigay sa kapitbahay ko na medyo mahina ang katawan kesa sa lakas ng katawan na meron pa kami,” Guarino added.

Marikina City was earlier placed under state of calamity after hundreds of houses were inundated.

The water level of the Marikina River reached 21.8 meters as of 9:14 a.m., breaching the level of Ondoy in 2009.

Around 15,000 residents are still in evacuation centers due to the thick mud left behind by flood waters, Mayor Marcelino Teodoro said Monday. — Julia Marie Ornedo/BAP, GMA News

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