PDRRMC bares relief assistance to 'Pablo' victims
By David M. Suyao
PATIN-AY, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur, Jan. 20 -- Members of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) convened January 16 and discussed the relief goods delivered to typhoon "Pablo" victims and the added requirements for food and materials that will enable victims start normal lives.
According to the report of the Social Welfare chief Flordeliza Obani, the provincial government had delivered 38,000 packs of food relief goods each containing five kilos of rice, six tins of sardines, and another six sachet of noodles to 39,575 affected families since December 7, three days after Pablo ravaged the province of Agusan del Sur.
The report stated that six municipalities presented the number of families affected and the corresponding food relief goods extended.
The municipality of Veruela had 7,371 affected families and it released 350 sacks of rice, 16 cases of sardines, 30 cases noodles, five boxes coffee, and five sacks sugar.
Trento had 7,999 affected families and released the same number of family packs.
Sta. Josefa recorded 5,135 families affected and released 300 sacks of rice, 20 cases sardines, and 35 cases noodles, while Loreto had 6,381 families affected and released 500 sacks of rice.
La Paz had 4,695 families affected and were given 240 sacks of rice, 240 boxes of noodles, and 240 boxes of sardines, while Bunawan released 8,292 family packs to 7,994 affected families.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development Caraga Region had also extended help in terms of 18,460 family packs, and non-food relief goods such as nails amounting to P1,793,711, with a total amount of P4,857,379.
During the holidays, DSWD distributed 28,504 Noche Buena packs to Bunawan, Sta. Josefa, Veruela, and Trento amounting P10,255,000. Each pack contained bread, bottled juice, and canned goods to be shared by each family on Christmas eve.
World Food Program also gave 8,564 families nine kilos rice per family through the PSWD.
The Philippine Red Cross Agusan del Sur Chapter also ave food items to 5,253 families and non-food items to 635 families of Rosario, Bunawan, Trento, Sta. Josefa, Veruela, and Loreto.
Gov. Adolph Edward Plaza ordered the municipal mayors to update their assessments from time to time so that every victim could be assisted in any way by government. (PIA 13, Agusan del Sur)