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R-XI social workers assist DSWD Northern Mindanao

Davao City (6 February) -- Seven social welfare officers from DSWD Davao Region assisted DSWD Northern Mindanao in relief distribution and data gathering from January 14-16, 2009, when Cagayan de Oro was hit by heavy rains and flash floods. The team composed of Lolita Roble, Jeornalyn Añonuevo, Consolacion Abad, Lani Cudino, Marvin Samson, Cynthia Umbana and Nestor S. Estampa was requested to augment the DSWD X workforce.

Prior to deployment of the social workers to affected barangays, they were oriented on family access cards and reportorial requirements called for by the DSWD Disaster Response Operations Monitoring and Information Center (DROMIC).

"Your primary concern is gathering of data on the degree of effects to persons and families inside and outside evacuation centers, and promoting the use of the family access cards to City and Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officers," instructed Operations Division Chief Primitivo T. Rufin during the orientation at DSWD X Office.

Having visited and assessed 31 affected barangays, the team presented the Results, Findings, and Recommendations at an exit conference attended by DSWD Assistant Regional Director Aldersey Mumar-Dela Cruz and Chief Rufin.

In her closing statement, ARD Mumar-Dela Cruz thanked the team for the help extended to DSWD X. "I shall be presenting the full report prepared by the team from DSWD XI to the RDCC for their information and appropriate action."

For relief distribution, members of the team reached some barangays in Gingoog City but most were assigned in areas within Cagayan de Oro.

The group returned to Davao City on January 17, 2009, energized with the sense of fulfillment from having served and helped DSWD FO X and its constituents. But more importantly, they were fueled with the significant learnings they have gained anew from the experience in disaster operations in a neighboring region.

As Lani Cudino, one of the DSWD-XI's social worker said, "It was difficult seeing helpless victims up close in evacuation centers, but I am happy to have done my job well even if it was my first time to be directly involved in data generation and relief distribution." (DSWD/NSE/degsduron-PIA XI) [top]

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