Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Friday, December 30, 2011

Sendong Victims In Iligan City Get Rice Donation

by Vincent N. Labial

TUBOD, Lanao del Norte, December 29 (PIA) -- More than 5,000 families who were displaced by the deadliest typhoon to hit the country this year received rice packs from the provincial LGU of Lanao del Norte and Integrated Center for Alternative Developments (ICAD) Foundation of Turkey.

Each pack contained three kilos of commercial rice and was given to the head of every family in the evacuation centers of Iligan City.

The food assistance is the third wave of calamity aid that the provincial government has extended to the flood victims of Iligan.

Last December December 18, the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) delivered 100 sacks of rice, 10 boxes of sardines and 10 boxes of noodles to the Iligan Disaster Operation Center.

On December 21, Governor Khalid Dimaporo also sent sixdoctors from the Provincial Health Office (PHO) to Iligan City for a medical mission in Brgy. Upper Hinaplanon.

“This shows that Iligan City and Lanao del Norte are one and united. Whatever pain and suffering that the people of Iligan are experiencing, we also feel it in Lanao del Norte,” former congressman Abdullah Dimaporo said.

Also leading the rice distribution team is Rep. Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo, who visited the various evacuation centers of Iligan to personally deliver the needed food aid and assess the living conditions of the victims.

“It is heartbreaking to see these people suffering like this especially now that it’s Christmas season. We hope that through this humble assistance we have made their lives a little better after what they have gone though,” Rep. Dimaporo expressed.

A total of 10,000 rice packs have been prepared for distribution, however, some of the roads leading to the interior barangays remain impassable to motorized traffic.

“We will continue our rice distribution effort as soon as we can have access to these far-flung barangays that were also hit by the flashflood,” Information Officer Lyndon Calica said.

Among the evacuation centers visited by the team were MSU-IIT, Tambacan Elementary School, Mangga Elementary School, Iligan City Central School, JAL Elementary School, Ubaldo Laya Memorial School, Echavez Elementary School, and Saint Michael’s College-Tibanga Campus.

“We are thankful to our Turkish brothers and sisters for their steadfast support to these flood victims. We are doing our best to give as much help as we can to all those affected by this great tragedy,” ICAD President Ferhat Kazkondu expressed.

Also present to accept the rice assistance for Iligan City and witnessing the actual rice distribution in the identified evacuation centers were Iligan Rep. Vicente Belmonte and Mayor Lawrence Cruz.

P242.13 Million for Sendong Victims in Iligan City

by Lorry V. Gabule

ILIGAN CITY NEWS - Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Juliano Soliman handed over to City Mayor Lawrence Ll. Cruz a cheque amounting P 242.130 million on her recent visit here.

The amount is intended for some 3,459 families whose houses were totally devastated in the wake of the tropical storm Sendong that hit Iligan City.

In a meeting with the members of the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CDRRMC), Soliman said the local government shall identify a resettlement site that shall be constructed with an 80-square meter lot area-standard for a core shelter per one family.

Out of this amount released, the Department has allotted P70,000 per core shelter, having one room and a toilet. The city may have a counterpart for the construction by soliciting non-government organizations or other groups willing to do it through adopt-a-shelter program.

“We make sure that they are safe from danger areas, and the site shall have access road and potable water, to include other site development, that make settlers comfortable to live,” said Soliman.

Soliman added, "We should not allow these families to go back to where the tragic incident occurred," as she reiterated the statement of President Benigno S. Aquino III during his visit in Iligan.

Relative to the disposition of logs which were swept downward at barangays severely hit by the tropical storm, the Secretary said there are 879 pieces of logs found which can be used for building construction of shelter, and Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo has ordered the Philippine National Police (PNP) to secure the logs in coordination with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources DENR), to undergo due process through a Deed of Donation, and shall turn it over to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

In her statement, Soliman said that despite some social workers were also affected of the disaster, they have done in the best of their ability to perform the mission of DSWD on its relief and response/early recovery and rehabilitation stage, and serve the affected families here.