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WFP assists "Pepeng" victims in Cagayan

Tuguegarao City (8 October) -- Representatives from the World Food Program (WFP) are now assessing the number of families in Cagayan province who need food assistance, especially those who are evacuated and those who lost their livelihoods due to Super Typhoon Pepeng.

The representatives from the foreign humanitarian assistance of the United Nations are also here to assist in catering to the needs of the victims especially in giving relief goods and in communication aspects.

Ronaldo Reario, the Filipino Team Leader, said WFP will assist the victims by supplying food to the evacuation centers and to the areas heavily hit by the super typhoon through the Local Government Units (LGUs).

On the other hand, telecommunication experts from the Telecom Sans Frontiers (TSF) have set up their gadgets to give free calls to the families of the affected individuals here and abroad, and to give updates and monitoring on the effects of the disaster.

The equipments have the capacity to give information even in the absence of electricity or even in the event of worst scenarios.

TSF representatives have introduced the equipments to the Regional Disaster Coordinating Council (RDCC) Region 2 for possible purchase of the same gadgets which are very vital in times of disaster.

OCD Regional Director Melchito M. Castro, RDCC 2 Executive Officer, said they will take appropriate action to purchase the same equipments as he sees its importance especially in giving updates and monitoring during calamities.

At the onset of typhoon'Pepeng', RDCC 2 has experienced hardships in giving information and updating their monitoring when their equipment bogged down because of power outage and their gadgets were also damaged because of the typhoon.

Meanwhile, the foreign representatives positioned their equipments in the OCD office but they are also trying to establish a booth in the'Paseo Reale Mall' to give assistance to the affected individuals who need to call their families in other provinces or even abroad. (Oliver B./PIA 2) [top]

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