As part of its effort to reach out to the affected families in the Province of Cagayan, the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) extended its relief efforts in the submerged areas as a result of the recent massive flooding in Northern Luzon that displaced hundreds of thousand individuals.

Immediately after the onslaught of Typhoon #UlyssesPH, MARINA, led by Administrator VADM Robert A Empedrad, a native of Cagayan Province, initiated a cash donation drive within the Agency’s officials and employees by inviting them to donate one (1) day equivalent of their salaries. Part of the funds used was the unspent amount solicited from MARINA employees for food pack items intended for seafarers who were locked down in Metro Manila when Luzon was placed on Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) middle of March this year.

In coordination with the socio-civic organization, Pugad Lawin Tuguegarao Chapter, the MARINA was able to extend relief assistance to 500 families with food packs, rice, and other assorted goods – 150 families in Pagbangkerwan, Alcala; 125 families in Gabut, Amulung; 20 families in Quibal, Peñablanca; 25 families in Bugatay, Penablanca; 150 families in Kalapangan, Faire; and 30 families in Linao East, Tuguegarao City.

MARINA Administrator VADM Robert A Empedrad said that the Agency’s relief operation is one way to support the government’s and private sector’s massive drive to help displaced families in the province.