Wednesday, November 13, 2013

DOH-Bicol sends medical, sanitary team to Tacloban City

LEGAZPI CITY, Nov. 12 (PNA) -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Bicol on Tuesday morning sent some 8,000 emergency family food packs worth P8-million for victims of super typhoon "Yolanda" in eastern Samar, a DSWD regional official said Tuesday.

Arnel B. Garcia, DSWD Bicol regional director, said the initial shipment of the relief goods on board three container trucks left at about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday for Matnog port in Sorsogon from where it will take a roll on-roll-off sea vessel bound for Samar.

Garcia said the shipment would take about six to eight hours to reach the towns of Guiuan and Taft in eastern Samar where the relief items will be dropped off for distribution to affected families.

He said once the shipment arrives at their destinations, the cargo will be turned over to the municipal social welfare offices of the towns of Guiuan and Taft in eastern Samar.

Each family pack contains three kilos of rice, seven pieces of assorted canned goods and 10 pieces of 3-in-1 coffee.

The DSWD in Bicol was put to task by DSWD Secretary Corazon Soliman to lead in conducting relief operations in Eastern Visayas, covering the towns and cities of eastern and western Samar.

He said his office will assist the DSWD office in Eastern Visayas since the office there could not fully operate as its personnel are also disaster victims.

The DSWD-Bicol has commissioned the Office of Civil Defense and the Albay provincial government to assist his office in preparing emergency food packs for distribution to affected families in western and eastern Samar.

The relief task force intends to produce millions of food packs for distribution to people in affected towns of Samar. (PNA) FFC/FGS/MSA/CBD