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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.


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