MANILA - Spirits are low in Pola, Oriental Mindoro as relief aid flows in trickles into the typhoon-hit province.
Speaking to radio dzMM, Pola Mayor Leandro Panganiban said: "Kulang na kulang po kasi iyung galing sa ating national government. Pinipilit lang po naming pagkasyahin itong tulong na galing sa ating pamahalaang bayan."
Panganiban said houses made of light materials were wrecked by Nona's strong rains and winds.
Affected residents are staying with neighbors who live inside concrete houses after the typhoon destroyed schools, which could have served as evacuation centers.
"Ang problema po kasi iyung iba, wala talagang babalikan na bahay dahil wala po, talagang totally damaged ang kanilang mga kabahayan. Ang iba po rito ay nakikitira sa mga konkreto ang bahay," the two-term mayor said.
"Kasi po iyung mga schools namin, karamihan po, ay talagang damaged po talaga -- walang bubong at hindi po maaaring matirhan lalo na po't paminsan-minsan ay umuulan pa rin."
Residents are also struggling with the town's interrupted power supply, Panganiban added.
"Tingin ko po medyo matatagalan po bago maibalik ang kuryente. Lagay na po ang loob namin na hanggang Bagong Taon siguro ay wala kaming kuryente rito," he said.
Panganiban said the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) already sent food relief to their town. The ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya also pledged 600 relief packs to Pola.
But the local chief executive also appealed for blankets, clothes, Noche Buena packs, and construction materials to rebuild homes for his constituents. "Iyung iba po kasi talaga, halos katawan lang nila ang naiwan, kung ano lang iyung suot nila," Panganiban said.
"Alam ko po na marami kaming bayan dito sa Oriental Mindoro na tinamaan, at alam kong may ilang baya na mas matindi pa. Pero kami po ay patuloy na humihiling na sana po ay mabigyan ng kahit papaanong ngiti ang aming mga kababayan, na magkaroon ng isang magandang Pasko," he added.
Nona made landfall in Oriental Mindoro last Tuesday. It was then packing maximum sustained winds of up to 140 kilometers per hour and gustiness of up to 170 kph.
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Oriental Mindoro Governor Alfonso Umali, Jr. said the typhoon could be considered the strongest to hit Mindoro since 2005.
Panganiban said all roads in Pola are already passable after floods receded.