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LCDE donates relief goods to fire victims

By Marivic A. Alcober

Tacloban City (20 September) -- Some 201 families who were victims of the fire that occurred in Sabang District last September 12, received relief items which consists of rice, canned goods, salt, sugar and sleeping mat from the Leyte Center for Development, Inc. (LCDE).

This was learned from LCDE Executive Director Jazmin Jerusalem in an interview conducted by the Philippine Information Agency, 8. According to Director Jerusalem, the fire accident left 1,706 families or 7,895 people homeless. "It was our response to the request for food assistance of the victims, who have been experiencing food shortage since Tuesday. We heard reports that the health of the victims, especially that of the children and the elderly, further deteriorates due to their problem" she bared.

Jerusalem further revealed that for the month of September, the relief mission extended to the fire victims of Sabang District was the first of a series of disaster response activities of LCDE. Aside from the assistance in kind extended by said office, LCDE also plans to extend rehabilitation assistance and disaster management trainings to the disaster affected areas.

For calendar year 2006, the assistance extended to the fire victims in Sabang District is the seventh relief mission extended by LCDE. The last relief mission extended was conducted in Las Navas, Northern Samar wherein two remote communities were affected by armed conflict, Jerusalem added.

The LCDE is a non-government organization that assists natural and man-made disaster stricken communities in Eastern Visayas. Its programs range from disaster preparedness and utilization, emergency response, rehabilitation assistance, advocacy and community health.

To date, the agency has already served more than 24,000 families from 455 communities in 32 municipalities region-wide. (PIA-8) [top]

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