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PIA Press Release
Wednesday, January 11, 2012


ShelterBox sets up tents in Iligan up with Rotary International

by Lorry V. Gabule

ILIGAN CITY, Lanao del Norte, January 11 (PIA) -- Around 150 tents from ShelterBox were installed as emergency shelter for the families hardly hit by Typhoon Washi (Tropical Storm Sendong).

ShelterBox is an international disaster relief charity that delivers emergency shelter, warmth and dignity to people made homeless by disaster worldwide.

ShelterBox, in partnership with District 3870 of Rotary International, Zone 2 Iligan City, composed of nine clubs, this city, has put up the commonly called Tent City at a one-hectare land area situated beside Tambo Iligan Bus and Jeepney Terminal.

In Iligan City, over 5,000 have lost their homes following the devastation wreaked by tropical storm Washi. Fresh floods brought misery forcing more people into evacuation centers.

Severely affected areas were those in Upper Hinaplanon, Hinaplanon proper, San Roque and Bayug Island.

Rotarian Jess Nicdao of ShelterBox Philippines, has been working with Rotarians in the area, the Philippine military and other aid agencies on the ground to get enough aid rapidly to the affected area, and supporting ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) Volunteers headed by Abner Tayco to distribute emergency shelters in the region.

“The evacuation site conditions are so unbearable, that children are the ones most affected,” said SRT volunteer Tayco.

As to installation of the shelter-boxes, the Army Artillery Regiment, Philippine Army, based in Camp Lucero, Carmen, North Cotabato, came all the way to Iligan to assist in the installation, with the city government of Iligan providing the filling materials for the ground preparation.

Camp Coordinator Rotarian Nicolas dela Cruz of Rotary Iligan North said the Tent City has a centralized kitchen, water and lighting facilities, and toilets.

Likewise, President Sarah Jane Matba of Rotary Iligan-Maria Cristina said the shelter-box can accommodate not less than 10 persons- to a family with at least four children, having an extended family like grandparents or an aunt to share.

Settlers can stay for six months or a year in the Tent City, until relocation site be provided for a permanent shelter that they can call their own, Matba added.

Typhoon Washi hit Mindanao on 16 to 18 December, devastating the cities of Cagayan do Oro and Iligan and killing over 1,200 people.

ShelterBox responds instantly to disasters all around the world delivering aid as quickly as possible to the people who need it most. (PIA-10)

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