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DSWD, Barug Katawhan, LGUs distribute relief aid in Compostela

Consultation meeting with representatives of Barug Katawhan (from left) Erwin Canalda and Cerila Anding in Barangay San Miguel, Compostela Valley

Reynaldo Calolo (center) a resident of Purok 11, San Miguel, Compostela receives the relief assistance from (left to right) Raquel Nuñez of DSWD Region XI, Erwin Canalda of Barug Katawhan, Barangay captain Harry Cabiling and Compostela Provincial Social Welfare and Development Head Josephine Frasco.

True to its commitment that the government will continue to provide relief assistance to typhoon ‘Pablo’ victims in Region XI, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) the other day released additional family food packs worth P3,912,000 million to 2,608 affected families in Compostela Valley province.

Each family victim from barangays San Miguel (1,520), Langab (608) and Bagongon (480), all in Compostela town received 10 kilos of rice, 12 pieces of instant noodles, 12 cans of sardines and beef loaf, and 12 pieces instant coffee.

Secretary Dinky Juliano-Soliman lauded the active participation of Barug Katawhan, Balsa Mindanao, and local government units in the relief distribution in Compostela Valley saying that, “this is how we should closely work together by combining all our rigorous efforts to provide needed assistance to disaster victims.”

It can be recalled that the DSWD, Barug Katawhan, Balsa Mindanao, and local government of Compostela agreed to fast track the validation list of affected families who were not yet served and underserved as basis for the distribution of relief goods.

Consultation meeting with representatives of Barug Katawhan (from left) Erwin Canalda and Cerila Anding in Barangay San Miguel, Compostela Valley

Consultation meeting with representatives of Barug Katawhan (from left) Erwin Canalda and Cerila Anding in Barangay San Miguel, Compostela Valley

The government is well aware of the extent of typhoon Pablo’s devastation in Mindanao, particularly in Compostela and Davao Oriental, hence, relief aid for the victims will continue until June 2013 or even go beyond it if assessed that they still need relief assistance.

“We will continue giving relief assistance to the hardly-hit victims of typhoon ‘Pablo’ until such time they are already back to their normal social functioning,” Secretary Soliman emphasized.

Meanwhile, DSWD Assistant Director Priscilla Razon said that while relief operations are underway, the DSWD is also currently implementing its cash-for-work (CFW) scheme in disaster-affected areas in Compostela Valley. “For this month, 5,000 beneficiaries of CFW in 16 barangays of Compostela Valley are hired for the repair of school buildings, day care centers, health centers, and other facilities. Each CFW beneficiary is being paid P226 per day, to augment provision to buy additional basic needs other than the relief packs given by the government,” Dir. Razon added.

Barangay captain Harry Cabiling of San Miguel expressed his deep appreciation to the government particularly to the DSWD for their continuing aid to typhoon ‘Pablo’ victims. “Nakakalungkot nga lang isipin na sa kabila ng patuloy na tulong na umaabot sa aming barangay mula sa ating pamahalaan sa pamamagitan ng DSWD, magugulat na lamang tayo na may mga ibang tao na iba ang hangarin sa kapwa, gusto pang pasamain ang tulong na nangagaling ating pamahalaan (It is very unfortunate these things happened despite the outpouring of government resources through the DSWD to help us),” Cabiling said.

He expressed disappointment by the unfortunate incident on February 26 where alleged victims of ‘Pablo’ stormed DSWD Field Office XI in Davao City demanding the inadequacy and insufficiency of the relief distribution.  “May nakapagsabi sa akin na dito sa aming barangay dalawang bus na katao ang nainganyong sumama sa rally sa kabila ng hindi malinaw sa kanila kung bakit sila pupunta sa opisina ng DSWD.  Sa katunayan ang mga magulang mismo ng mga kabataan na sumama sa rally ang dumulog sa akin upang ireport ang mga pangyayari dahil lubos na nag-aalala sila sa kanilang mga anak (I was told that some of our residents who went to DSWD Field Office XI in Davao City did not know the real intention of going there.  In fact, parents who went to the rally came to me and said that they were worried about the safety and conditions of their children who were with them in the rally),” Cabiling stated.  

“Pagkatapos ng insidente ay kinausap ko na ang aking mga ka-barangay lalo na ang mga purok lider at pinakiusap ko sa kanila huwag daanin sa kaguluhan o dahas ang paglutas ng anumang karaingan sa ating gobyerno. Umapela din ako sa kanila na huwag ng isama ang kanila mga anak o kabataan sa mga ganitong activities,” (Right after the incident in Davao City, I asked my constituents and appealed to them, especially to Purok leaders to refrain using force or violence when airing their disgust with the government, instead to discuss the issue with appropriate government agencies.  I also asked them to refrain from bringing their children in the rallies,” Cabiling said.

As of  March 11, 2013, the total augmentation assistance provided by the DSWD to typhoon ‘Pablo’ victims in Compostela province alone is more than P427 million.  ###

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