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Japanese Red Cross inspects houses for typhoon victims

Tabuk, Kalinga (16 September) -- Representatives of the Japanese Red Cross recently inspected transitional shelters built for typhoon victims in the province as part of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRCRCS) effort to rehabilitate houses destroyed by calamities last year.

Hajime Matsunaga of the Japanese Red Cross, photographers Ken Kobayashi of Nikkei and Danilo Peralta of the Philippine Red Cross went to Sucbot, Magaogao and Lanna, to personally inspect houses made of local materials and galvanized iron imported from India.

The 5x4 meters houses were built by family victims themselves. Three model houses built solely by Red Cross.

The IFRCRCS released about P15 million worth of assistance benefitting a total of 1,193 families in the province.

Rosy Solang of Sucbot, who has five children was happy to meet their benefactors from the IFRCRCS.

"We thank you so much for the assistance and hope that there will no calamities again to destroy what we built," she told the Japanese in Ilocano.

Rolando Mateo and wife, who are both handicapped with one child, also expressed their gratitude to the IFRCRCS. Rolando, who is blind, said they should have no shelter to live in up to this time after typhoon Undoy destroyed their hut last year if not for the shelter donation. He does massage for a living while his wife runs a sari-sari store.

In another development, Philippine Red Cross Kalinga Chapter Administrator Glorina Diaz informed that another package of assistance, this time in the form of livelihood, will be given to calamity victims as part of the on-going rehabilitation of damages.

She said her office is accepting proposals from family-victims on the kind of livelihood they want to manage. (PIA Kalinga) [top]

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