MANILA, Oct. 12 (PNA) -- The "Mt. Mayon Humanitarian Response Assistance Caravan" composed of a 31-truck convoy arrived in Guinobatan, Albay Sunday morning, according to the 7th Civil Relations Group of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
Major Emmanuel Garcia, the commander of the AFP's 7th CRG, said the relief caravan will provide augmentation support to the resources of the provincial government of Albay to address the continuing needs of families who earlier fled their homes due to the potential hazards of a volcanic eruption, and are currently staying in 44 evacuation centers.
"Mt. Mayon continues to show seismic activities; relief caravan now in Guinobatan, Albay," Garcia said in a text message to the Philippines News Agency shortly before noon Sunday.
Garcia said that the 31 trucks, all military ones, were loaded with food packs, tins of ready-to-eat food, and pieces of blankets, malong, mats, and mosquito nets.
This will be distributed to a total of 12,700 families or 55,000 individuals who are staying in 44 evacuation centers around the province of Albay, he said.
The relief caravan, organized by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), left Metro Manila on Saturday.
“This caravan is a joint effort of NDRRMC member-agencies and also in response to the appeal for support of Albay Governor Joey Salceda,” DSWD Secretary Corazon J. Soliman said at the send-off ceremonies. (PNA) SCS/PFN