Hands on! Bayani Fernando helps out in post- ‘Habagat’ cleanup

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While other officials of Marikina City were in evacuation centers giving aid to residents affected by the monsoon rains over the weekend, Congressman Bayani Fernando was in the streets cleaning up debris.

On Sunday, Fernando visited areas gravely affected by the southwest monsoon to oversee clearing and cleaning operations.

Clad in a jacket, boots and hard hat, the congressman was in full work mode as he helped picked up the trash and clear the muddied debris on the streets.

Fernando has plenty of experience in clearing operations since he used to head the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

Over 20,000 residents of Marikina City had to leave their homes at the height of the monsoon rains last Saturday since the water level at Marikina River rose to as high as 20.4 meters.

Local officials have described the downpour as being similar to 2009’s Typhoon Ondoy, which killed close to 80 people in the city.

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