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PIA Press Release
Thursday, January 05, 2012


S. Cotabato sends more help to Sendong victims

by Dani Doguiles

KORONADAL CITY, Jan. 5 (PIA) -– As promised, the provincial government of South Cotabato has sent more help to the victims of typhoon Sendong in Northern Mindanao.

A team from the provincial LGU, led by Provincial Administrator and Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) head Isidro Janita, took off early this morning to bring 450 sacks of rice intended for Sendong victims in evacuation centers in Iligan City.

They brought with them a truckload of relief items including clothes, noodles, canned goods, bottled water and others that the provincial government have collected since December.

They also brought a check amounting to P50,000 from the local government of Tantangan and more than P5,000 cash donated by employees of Tupi LGU.

Janita said, a team of social workers, led by Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer Nelida Pereira also joined the group.

Pereira’s team who came from different local government units in the province will help in the stress debriefing of the victims.

Janita said they intend to distribute rice -- which have been repacked into five-kilo packages -- and the other relief goods directly to families in evacuation centers. But if local government officials would advise them against it, they will hand the goods over to the LGU, the Department of Social Welfare and Development or whoever manages the relief operations.

On December 23, South Cotabato delivered the first batch of rice donation to typhoon victims in Cagayan de Oro City. The first delivery also included 20 caskets.

Based on observation that relief operations by several donors were concentrated to Cagayan de Oro City, the provincial LGU pledged to send the remaining goods to Iligan City.

Earlier, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan approved an allocation of P1.5 million as assistance to Sendong victims in Northern Mindanao but Gov. Arthur Y. Pingoy Jr. suggested that instead of cash donation, the help should be in the form of rice so that local farmers could also benefit from the support. (PIA 12)

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