“Grabe jud kapaspas ang tubag sa probinsya sa nahitabo namong kalamidad. Belib jud mi ni Gob. Chatto ug sa iyang mga kaubanan! Wala abti’g dugay ning-abot dayon ang ayuda para sa katawhan.” (“The response from the Provincial Government was so fast. We salute Gov. Chatto and his team! It didn’t take long for the people’s aid to arrive.”
Thus recounted some victims of the “buhawi” (tornado) that hit four towns in Jagna just before noon Friday.
The barrios hit were Cantagay, Can-upao, Ipil and Bunga Mar where houses or part of them were uprooted and dumped by the “buhawi” in other places and debris could be seen almost everywhere.
Thirteen pump boats from Bunga Mar were even “lifted up” by the tornado and then forcefully thrown which made some of them impossible to fix.
Barangays Can-upao and Bunga Mar had 42 and 43 affected families respectively; while both Ipil and Cantagay had two families each.
Gov. Edgar Chatto, Vice-Gov. Concepcion Lim, Mayor Fortunato Abrenilla and the whole TEAM BOHOL wasted no time in getting together all the necessary mechanisms to bring the needed help to the people of Jagna.
It was already steadily raining early Friday morning but no one expected what would happen to Jagna.
“We were traveling along the highway when we noticed that some parts of Garcia-Hernandez were already flooded,” recounted the governor. “I then received a text message that a ‘buhawi’ just hit Jagna which prompted me to immediately call TaRSIER 117.”
TaRSIER 117 is the province’s Quick Response Unit (QRU), equivalent to America’s 911. TaRSIER stands for Telephone and Radio Systems Integrated Emergency Response headed by Provincial Administrator Alfonso “Ae” Damalerio II, Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) Operations Officer.
Mita Tecson, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer, also told of how she came to know of the calamity.
“I was having my lunch when Gov. Chatto called me up and told me of the incident. Me and my staff wasted no time in responding to the governor’s call. At one o’clock that afternoon, just an hour after the governor called, we were all set to go to Jagna to see the damage for ourselves so we could assess the situation and know what the people really needed.”
“I was really shocked when I saw the damage,” Tecson admitted. “I even saw a whole tree uprooted and dumped several meters away from the place where it was originally situated.”
Gov. Chatto had fifteen appointments that day but he immediately cancelled several of them so he could attend to the people’s needs, personally distributing goods to Jagnaoanons.
This is only the first part of our aid though,” Chatto said. “More would come when we have completely assessed the situation,” he assured the people.
Gov. Chatto heartily thanked those who immediately responded to his plea for help: “the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), TaRSIER 117, and of course, the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Jagna and all those who, in one way or another contributed in easing the burden of the victims.”
“We are here because of the people,” Chatto continued. “And we are here to serve, not be served. The Chatto-Lim Administration is just giving back to the people what they deserve and what they should get from us, all public servants through and through,” Chatto emotionally said, still disbelieving of what happened to Jagna just in the wink of an eye, but determined to even the odds so those affected could stand again.