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PIA Press Release
Thursday, January 26, 2012


PNoy lauds Mayor Cruz for attending to the needs of the Sendong victims

ILIGAN CITY, Lanao del Norte, Jan. 26 (PIA) -- President Benigno S. Aquino III has lauded Mayor Lawrence Ll. Cruz of Iligan City for his efforts in helping needs of the tropical storm Sendong victims, in his turf.

“We had our communication lines open with your Mayor. ‘Kausap ko siya sa kasagsagan ni Sendong ‘(I talked to him during the onslaught of Sendong) and he aptly updated me of what was going on,” the President told the Sendong survivors at “Bayanihan” Village in Barangay Sta. Elena, this city.

Particularly, the President thanked the Mayor for declaring Jan. 25, as a Day of Volunteerism in the city that gathered some 2,000 volunteers, himself included, for a city clean-up drive and for the construction of the first 300 Gawad Kalinga (GK) houses in the area, the permanent relocation site of the Sendong victims.

He said Jan. 25 is a day to remember, since it marks the 40th day of mourning for the unfortunate Sendong victims who perished in the city.

It was also the birth of his mother, Former President Corazon C. Aquino, whose ideals have been rooted deep in his heart.

Meanwhile, he assured the Mayor of all the help that he needs in the plight of the Sendong victims.

“Patuloy tayong maghanap nang sagot sa kanilang mga kailangan, gaya ng pantubig, eskwelahan, at iba pa ng ikabubuti nila” (We will continue to respond to their needs, such as water system, school building, etc. for their welfare), he said.

Data gathered by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) show that a total of 20,249 families with 90,284 members were affected by Sendong in Iligan City.

Of this number, 5,246 families had totally damaged houses and 14,874 others, partially damaged.

About 1,635 families with 8,584 members are still housed inside 14 evacuation centers (EC’s) in the city, while 10,472 families have lived outside the EC’s, as of Jan. 24, this year.

The highest number of 361 families now live inside the Sta. Filomena Gymnasium, while the other EC’s have accommodated the following number of families:

Ubaldo Laya Elementary School, 281 families, Luinab Elementary School, 226 families, Upper Hinaplanon Elementary Schoo, 189 families, Tent City, 126 families, Santiago Gym, 123, and Tambacan Elementary School, 82 families.

Juan Actub Lluch Elementary School, 67 families, Laville Gym, 54 families, San Roque Tent City, 49 families amd Madrashah, 30 families. Villa Verde Gym, 28 families, Mandulog Barangay Hall, 11 families City Central Elementary Gym, 8 families.

As to the profile of the family members inside the EC’s, the DSWD data shows the following figures:

Males, 3,304, females, 3,112, children 0-2 years old, 487, children 3-5 years old, 647, children 6-14 years old, 1,057, youth, 15-18 years old, 865, adults 18 years old and above, 3,116 and older persons, 60 years old and above, 244.

Meanwhile, data on the vulnerable sectors of the people inside the EC’s also show that there are 22 persons with disability (PWD), 287 lactating mothers, 247 single-headed families, 192 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries and 30 beneficiaries of the DSWD Social Pension. (PIA-10)

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