Biliran PDCC evacuates residents of coastal barangays to safer ground
by Flor Jackson
Naval, Biliran (June 24) -- Some 35 affected familes composed of 175 persons living in the coastal barangay of Sto. Nino in the municipality of Naval were evacuated early yesterday afternoon to safer ground due to Typhoon Feria by the Biliran Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council (PDCC) led by its council Chairman, Governor Rogelio Espina.
This was revealed by Ms. Flordeliza Trani, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer (PSWDO) to the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Biliran Provincial Information Center in a mobile phone interview tonight at about 8 o'clock.
Ms. Trani informed that the combined floodwaters and the rising sea water caused by big waves has prompted the PDCC together with the barangay officials to evacuate the affected families to the Sto. Nino Elementary School, the designated evacuation center in the area as level of water continued to rise knee-deep.
Relief activities were conducted by the PDCC jointly with the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO).
She added that no less than Governor Rogelio Espina, led in the distribution of initial relief goods and assistance to the typhoon victims in Brgy. Sto Nino consisting of five cans corned beef and five kilos rice.
Furthernore, she said that Governor Espina made rounds in Brgy. Santo Nino to see for himself, the status of the barangay residents at the height of typhoon Feria that placed the netire Biliran province under signal no. 2 tonight.
Ms. Trani revealed that aside from the five cans corned beef and the five kilos rice that were personally handed by the Governor to the typhoon victims, cooked rice was likewise given for immediate relief to the hungry stomachs of the affected persons.
A sack of rice, she said was left with the captain of Brgy. Sto. Nino for additional need of some cooked rice for the victims.
Meanwhile, some six families composed of 35 persons living along the coastal barangay of Lo-ok in Almeria town in the province were evacuated to a higher location at the Lo-ok Elementary School, Ms. Trani informed. Seawaters in this barangay rose to an alarming level due to the big waves brought about by Typhoon Feria.
In response to the situation, immediate relief activities were conducted by the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO) of the said municipality to help the typhoon victims.
As of reporting time, Ms. Trani indicated that a team was dispatched by the provincial government of Biliran through Gov. Espina to go around the province to make an assessment of the typhoon damage particularly on agriculture, infrastructure and other areas. (PIA-Biliran) [top]