Saturday, December 21, 2013

Albay ‘Santa Clauses’ to cheer up survivors in 2 eastern Samar towns

LEGAZPI CITY, Dec. 21 (PNA) -- The Team Albay-Office of Civil Defense 5 will play Santa Clauses to bring happiness to “Yolanda” survivors in Basey and Marabut in eastern Samar this Christmas day.

The team will be headed by Albay Governor Joey Sarte Salceda himself.

The Team Albay-OCD 5 is composed of personnel from the Provincial Government of Albay, OCD5, Tactical Operations Group 5 of the Philippine Air Force, Naval Forces for Southern Luzon, Philippine Army, Philippine National Police, Provincial Health Office and Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office and other Albayano volunteers.

The group members will don the costume of Santa Clause and will do what the legendary does.

Salceda said they will give Noche Buena packs, do some feeding activities and render other Christmas treats like singing and dancing to ease up the sadness and sufferings of the climate monster survivors and, if needed, to render medical services.

It can be recalled that towns of Basey and Marabut were hardest hit by the onslaught of Yolanda on Nov. 8.

Salceda tasked Dr. Cedric Daep, Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office chief, to prepare activities for the two-day period that the team will stay in the two ravaged towns.

As of press time, some members of the group have already left for the area to prepare the place for the Christmas cheering activities and identify the residents to be given gifts.

It must be recalled that the Team Albay was the first to respond to the plight of the residents of Tacloban City after Yolanda battered Samar and Leyte and stayed there for almost two weeks to help in recovering dead bodies, provide potable water, give medical and psychosocial services and distribute food and medicines. (PNA) CTB/FGS/EMC/CBD/RSM