Soldiers and social workers took advantage of the sunny weather to deliver relief goods to remote areas in Benguet Friday.
The Philippine Air Force and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) had to airlift boxes of aid to Sitio Uling, Bantik and Lawigen in Barangay Dalupirip in Itogon, among areas battered by Typhoon Ompong over the weekend.
Residents waited at the landing site for the goods to be dropped.
Since Sunday, they had to eat their crops such as sweet potatoes, pineapple and bananas for them to survive five days with meager supplies. The villages' rice stock was only enough for the children.
Barangay officials clarified that the DSWD already prepositioned relief goods before the typhoon but these were placed at the barangay hall, a 6-hour walk from the remote villages.
Residents were not able to cross the river to fetch supplies after a bridge collapsed, officials said.
Authorities earlier distributed more than 1,500 boxes to Kabayan and Itogon.