BACOLOD VISIT. Davao City Mayor Sara Z. Duterte (center) speaks before a group of Bacolodnons at the Government Center during her visit to Bacolod City on Monday (Dec. 20, 2021). She was welcomed by Mayor Evelio Leonardia (right) and other city and barangay officials. (Photo courtesy of Bacolod City PIO)

BACOLOD CITY – Just like President Rodrigo Duterte, Davao City Mayor Sara Z. Duterte also visited Negros Occidental on Monday afternoon to bring assistance to Negrenses affected by Typhoon Odette last week.

As part of her itinerary, she met with Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia at the Government Center, where some city and barangay officials, as well as a group of Bacolodnons, came to greet her.

“Naghatid po kami ng tulong sa mga apektado ng bagyo dito sa Negros Occidental (We brought assistance for those affected by the typhoon here in Negros Occidental.) I’m truly happy na nakasama ko kayo (to be with you at this time). Maraming salamat sa pag-welcome ninyo sa akin (Thank you very much for welcoming me). We express sympathies sa inyong mga kapitbahay (to your neighbors),” the younger Duterte said in her message after her arrival at the main lobby.

She mentioned that the President was visiting the southern part of the province, particularly Kabankalan City, where he met with local government officials for a briefing on the effects of Typhoon Odette.

Bacolod was also on the path of the typhoon but did not experience as much devastation as the southern areas.

The Davao City mayor said her father would like to thank the people of Bacolod for supporting his administration after he was elected in 2016 and also the candidates he endorsed during the 2019 elections.

“To all of you, I wish that you will spend your Christmas with your loved ones and family members, and I hope your Christmas will be peaceful and Covid-free and your New Year will bring more blessings from God,” she added.

Before going to the Government Center, she joined her UniTeam running mate, former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., and House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez in turning over assistance to Negros Occidental Vice Governor Jeffrey Ferrer during their meeting at the Bacolod-Silay Airport.

Their group donated financial assistance worth PHP2 million and 3,000 food packs worth PHP1.8 million to the province. (PNA)