PRRM, Negros CSOs mobilize
members for typhoon relief
The Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement-Negros and the Negros Caucus of Development NGOs are mobilizing their member networks for immediate relief assistance for victims of typhoon “Yolanda” in the province, a press release from the PRRM said.
Thousands of houses were destroyed by the typhoon, with Cadiz and Sagay cities in northern Negros bearing the brunt of the destruction, the press release also said.
PRRM-Negros and the Negros Caucus will distribute food kits, clothing, and other forms of assistance to affected members of small fisher organizations and communities in Cadiz City tomorrow, in coordination with city and City Fisheries and Aquatic Management Council officials.
The aid was provided by the Peace and Equity Foundation in collaboration with the Western Visayas Network of Social Development NGOs, the press release said.
The PRRM, Negros Caucus, Akbayan, PM, PRRYA, N4NM, FDC-Negros, CIU, and the Workers Development Center banded together to form the Negros CSO CCA-DRR Task Force in order to coordinate the relief effort, and to plan and prepare for other natural contingencies.
PRRM-Negros serves as the secretariat and drop-off center for relief assistance, and for more information, those interested may contact Hazel Aghon at 433-0774 or 0930-7195162, the press release added.*
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Collapse of LGUs delayed
relief delivery, Villar says
Senator Cynthia Villar yesterday said there was difficulty in delivering relief goods to super typhoon “Yolanda” hit areas like Tacloban because the local governments practically disappeared with almost all their employees affected by the devastation.
It took some time for government to organize and bring people to work, she said, noting that, based on what she heard, they are now more organized.
Villar, who was in Bacolod City for a Senate hearing on the sugar industry, also pointed out that the country only has three C-130s to deliver goods, and these are not enough for the speedy delivery of relief goods. Villar noted that the country has gotten air support for relief operations from the United States.
“It shows that if we are hit by a big calamity, we do not have enough facilities to respond fast enough, which in the future will have to be improved,” she said.
Villar said she has no objection to the use of the government’s 2013 Priority Development Assistance Fund for calamity assistance for the “Yolanda” victims, or for the abolition of the PDAF.*CPG
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