FOOD AID. The Office of the Vice President-Disaster Operations Center delivers 200 sacks of rice to Bustos, Bulacan on Monday (Jan. 9, 2023). The food relief will be distributed to residents affected by heavy flooding due to the release of excess water in Ipo, Angat and Bustos dams over the weekend. (Photo courtesy of Office of the Vice President)

MANILA – The Office of the Vice President (OVP) on Monday provided relief for flood-affected residents in Bustos, Bulacan even as the Vice President Sara Duterte joined the celebration of the 13th Minasa festival.

“Sa panahon ng mga emergencies na kagaya nito, hindi po namin kayo iiwan… Sa araw na ito, ang amin pong Disaster Operations Center ay magpapadala ng tulong sa ating local government of Bustos (In times of emergencies like this, we will not leave you. Today, our Disaster Operations Center will send aid to Bustos LGU),” Duterte said in a statement.

Heavy rains that hit several areas of Bulacan last week due to two weather systems prompted the release of excess water from Angat, Ipo and Bustos dams.

The OVP sent 200 sacks of rice as immediate food relief to “thousands of affected residents.” 

Minasa festival

Duterte, meanwhile, thanked residents of Bulacan for inviting her in the celebration of the 13th Minasa festival after years of pandemic halt.


Vice President Sara Duterte delivers her speech for the Minasa Festival in Bustos, Bulacan on Monday (Jan. 9, 2023). (Photo courtesy: Office of the Vice President)


“This joyful gathering is an affirmation of the Bulakenyos' enduring solidarity, cooperation, and pride in upholding the rich heritage and diverse resources of the municipality,” she said in her speech.

“As you gather through music, food, dance, and religious festivities, may you harness unity in promoting sustainable development and shaping a progressive future for Bustos,” she said.

Duterte also lauded the contribution of Bustos in the development of the province, as well as its local diversity.

“With all your potential for further growth, you have secured your place in the tourism landscape of our country, contributed to agricultural development as one of the largest rice producers in the region, and fostered flourishing industries that have made you a bustling commercial center in Central Luzon,” she said.

Minasa festival is a weeklong celebration in Bustos held every Jan. 11- 20, where several delicacies, specifically Minasa cookies, are featured.

Besides food bazaars, street dancing and the performance of various talents are also included in the most awaited culmination of the weeklong celebration of the festival. (PNA)