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PIA Press Release
Thursday, January 12, 2012

 

DSWD-2 sends contingent to Cagayan de Oro City

by Oliver T. Baccay and Angely M. Lubo

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Jan 12 (PIA) -- In response to the call of Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman to all DSWD Field Offices to complement volunteers for tropical storm “Sendong” devastated areas in Mindanao, DSWD region 2 has immediately deployed a team to augment the relief operations, especially in the city of Cagayan de Oro.

Regional head Arnel Garcia sent the team composed of five social workers, who are expert in psychosocial processing, disaster management, relief and operations and stress debriefing.

The DSWD Field Office 02 staff who were sent are Social Workers Pasencia Ancheta, Rosario Corpuz, Ursula Orpilla, Rebecca Alluad and Romel Tejada.

The team was also joined by three social worker volunteers from Provincial Social Welfare Offices of Isabela such as Emelda Derupe, Marirose Nicasio and Myla Ibarra and two social workers of Quirino province, Agaton Pagbilao and Chanterphere de Vera.

Prior to the deployment of the said contingent team, Director Garcia appealed to all provincial and local government units to send representatives as part of the region’s contingent team in the said area as victims still need assistants from the government.

Immediately, the provinces of Isabela and Quirino responded to the request of DSWD by sending their said staff. Each provincial government committed to sponsor the financial needs of their representatives as their counterpart for the expenses of their staff for whole duration of their travels.

Before deployment, the said volunteers underwent a series of assessment by the agency to determine what their particular skills, trainings and expertise to help the affected families in Region X.

The Cagayan Contingent team will fly to Cagayan de Oro City today. They will be deployed for 10 days to help in the on-going relief and rehabilitation activities in the area. Most of them will focus on rendering psycho-social processing debriefers which is seen critical to these affected areas especially to the children. (TCB/OTB/AML/PIA-2)

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