By Mike de la Rama
LEGAZPI CITY (21 Dec. 2011) – The local government of Albay including non-government organizations and government agencies based here have intensified their efforts to extend aid to the victims of typhoon Sendong in Cagayan de Oro and its neighboring areas.
Junior Chamber International Daraga, Albay chapter will be sending aid to the typhoon victims including assorted clothes, non-perishable food, blankets, mosquito nets and other emergency supplies.
The Naval Forces for Southern Luzon (Navforsol) employees and officer here in Bicol have decided to give a portion of their salary and allowances for the month of December as a relief assistance to the typhoon victims.
Navforsol information officer Darwin Nieva said the commitment was made during the visit of Vice admiral Alexander Pama, AFP the Flag Officer in Command of the Philippine Navy to the Naval Forces Southern Luzon.
Vice Admiral Pama commended the Navforsol Bicol for being the first unit in the entire organization to support the said initiative, “a simple and bold action to aid our fellow brothers and sisters in Cagayan de Oro City and Iligan City.”
Albay Governor Joey Salceda with the concurrence from the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (Provincial Legislative Body) donated P1 million in cash to the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan which was sourced out from Albay’s calamity fund.
Board members Ralph Andes, Arnold Embestro, Herbert Borja and Neil Montallana together with Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Officer (APSEMO) Cedric Daep and Albay Millennium Development Goals (AMDG) officer, Jeresha San Jose will bring the donation.
“More than the amount which is modest, the Albay Sendong Aid Mission brings with them the spirit of solidarity and sense of kinship between our peoples so critical in overcoming this period of distress. They will also make an assessment based on face-to-face consultations with the local officials and communities affected on how Albay could further help in the early recovery and rehabilitation period,” Salceda reiterated in a statement.
Salceda said the financial aid is more practical, given the local circumstances (distance and season), this was decided as the better option in lieu of a Wash Mercy Mission (water, sanitation and health).
Office of Civil Defense (OCD) regional director and chair of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction (RDRRMC) in Bicol Raffy Alejandro said that as agreed in RDRRMC Annual Performance Review and Assessment Conference, donations (food and non food items) for TS Sendong can be received at the OCD-RDRRMC in Camp Ola or at DSWD-5 office.
Director Alejandro said that OCD and DSWD are working closely to facilitate the shipment of all donations for the victims of Sendong. (PNA)
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