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PIA Press Release
Friday, January 06, 2012

Families of Typhoon Sendong’s victims receive aid from NDRRMC

by Rachelle M. Nessia

DUMAGUETE CITY, Jan. 6 (PIA) -- The families of the victims who died from the onslaught of Typhoon Sendong in Negros Oriental received financial aid from the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) yesterday at the Session Hall in the Capitol building.

Gov. Roel Degamo personally handed envelopes containing P10,000 to each of the 38 beneficiaries who lost one or more family members as a result of the floods brought by the typhoon.

The aid was released by NDRRMC to the Office of Civil Defense (OCD).

The recipients come from the local government units (LGUs) here that were badly hit by Typhoon Sendong, namely: Valencia, Sibulan, Dumaguete City, Bacong, Siaton, San Jose, Tanjay City and Pamplona.

OCD Region 7 Dir. Minda Morante, who assisted the governor in distributing the monetary aid, said they will also be giving financial help to other flood-victims.

“For now we are prioritizing the release of aid to families of victims who died due to Typhoon Sendong,” said Morante.

The governor said the provincial government will also release financial assistance to families whose houses were affected by the floods.

Among those who received the financial aid is Elvin Balbon, 36, of Brgy. Tubtubon, Sibulan town. He lost his father, sibling and three children after their house was swept away by the raging floodwaters.

Balbon said he will use the monetary aid from the government to rent a lot or house where he and his remaining family members will relocate to.

The typhoon made 25 year old Angelita Bandoquilla of Dumaguete City, a widow after her husband, Roben, died from electric shock at the height of the typhoon.

“He was comatose in the hospital for more than a week and died on December 26,” a grieving Angelita told reporters.

She added that she will use the financial assistance in her second-hand clothes or ukay-ukay business.

Degamo urged the families to avoid going back to their flood-hit areas.

“Don’t go back there. Find a safe place where you can rebuild your lives,” he said.

Typhoon Sendong struck the province dawn of Dec. 17, 2011 causing two major rivers to swell and sweeping away houses, bridges and other infrastructure around Negros Oriental.

A report released Dec. 23, 2011 by the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) here puts the death toll at 37 with six persons still missing.

Infrastructure damage caused by the floods is pegged at P694.45 million. (RMN/PIA Negros Oriental)

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