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PIA Press Release
2009/10/21

UN delivers relief goods to islands of Cagayan

Calayan, Cagayan (21 October) -- Through the United Nations-Humanitarian Air Services (UN-HAS), the relief goods intended for the typhoon affected families in the islands of Cagayan province were delivered systematically and successfully.

The islands of the Municipality of Calayan, which includes Dalupiri, Camiguin, Babuyan Claro and Calayan proper, were isolated after typhoon "Pepeng" hit the province, including the island of Fuga, a barangay of the municipality of Aparri.

The items which include 102 sacks of foods packs, 54 bundles of blanket, 28 cartons of vitamins, and 123 cartons of kitchen kits from the Samaritan Purse of United Nations were delivered with the supervision of the pastors of Evangelical Churches of Cagayan spearheaded by Mr. Dominador Calonia, General Secretary of Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA)-Cagayan Chapter.

The UN volunteers spent 3 days in transporting the goods to the islands because no boats are allowed to travel yet. It took the UN chopper 8 times in transshipping the items to the different islands.

Mr. Calonia said the Samaritan Purse of the UN gave the goods for the affected families of Cagayan, especially those who are in the islands who could not travel to the mainland to buy their goods and necessities.

Calayan Vice-Mayor Florencio F. Guzman Jr. said about 2,100 families of the 17,000 population of the islands were affected by typhoon "Pepeng".

The Vice Mayor expressed his gratitude to UN-HAS and Samaritan Purse International for the items given to them, which is according to him, seldom for them to receive any relief during calamities.

Aside from helping the people of the Islands who were affected by the typhoon, Calonia said the Samaritan Purse wants also to take the opportunity to reach out to the people who are infrequently being reached by the international relief operation.

The Police officers of PNP Regional Command, spearheaded by PCS Roberto M Damian, Regional Director and RDCC Chair, Cagayan Police officers headed by PSSupt. Moro Virgilio M. Lazo, Philippine Army, Provincial Social Welfare workers, Philippine Information Agency (PIA) and Evangelical Churches Pastors of Cagayan have joint forces in the successful delivery of the relief goods to the islands. (Oliver B./PIA 2) [top]

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