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PIA Press Release
2009/10/02

Commentary: Some victims in NCR calamity need to be brought home to provinces

Tacloban City (October 2) -- The government and the various private sectors have been doing a lot for the victims of the typhoon Ondoy.

There is, however, one sector of the victims that the government and the benevolent organizations should look into.

Many of those who perished during the great flood on September 26, were poor employees working in households and whose remains must be transported back to their respective provinces.

The families in the provinces especially those who were contacted about what happened to their children are helpless. Belonging to the disadvantage sector (which is the main reason why their child is working as house helps or other menial jobs), they can not afford to go to Manila, pay the bills in the funeral parlor so that they could bring home the remains, and they don't have the means to pay for the transport cost so they could bring the dead back to their home.

While the local government units are willing to shoulder the expenses of the family member who would go to Manila to bring home the remains of the family member, still, there must be an appropriate government agency which will help the family facilitate the bringing home of the remains.

While it will only take one call from the agencies, to facilitate the release of the casualty from the funeral or to fast track the accommodation of the airline company that would bring home the casualty to his home province, the same may take an ordinary individual from a hinterland barangay a long time before he is able to arrange the same.

Besides, at the state NCR is in nowadays, it is doubtful that the poor man from the province will be able to find a relative who is willing to accommodate him even for just a night.

One day delay in getting the remains out of the funeral parlors would mean additional fees to pay.

It is hoped this call will not fail to fall on the ears of people who care and who very well know and live their social responsibility. (PIA 8) [top]

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