Northern Mindano soldiers bring construction materials to Leyte

By GERRY LEE GORIT
Correspondent

CAGAYAN de Oro City––Another convoy of army trucks has left Cagayan de Oro City for Leyte this time bringing construction materials to build shelters for the survivors of supertyphoon Yolanda.

And this time 4th Infantry Division Commander Brig. Gen. Ricardo Visaya has joined the group expected to arrive in Baybay, Leyte, on Monday evening or Tuesday morning.

Earlier the 4th Infantry Division sent some 130 soldiers of the engineering brigade to Albuera, Leyte, for immediate rehabilitation works.

Capt. Christian Uy, spokesman for the division, said the new convoy carried with them 1,300 G.I. sheets, plywood, lumber and nails.

Uy said they will know when they reach the area if the need is to build temporary bunkhouses or distribute the materials to residents to rehabilitate their houses.

He said the construction materials came from donors within the area of responsibility of the 4th ID.

In another town, the medical mission from the Misamis Oriental provincial government has set up headquarters in the Barugo gymnasium.

Provincial administraor Jun Pacamalan, head of the 50-man mission, said they have been conducting health and pyschosocial services to the local residents.

Pacamalan said they also provide a water purifying machine and a charging station for cellphones at the generator set they brought along, as well as give free air and vulcanizing to tires.

Barugo, located in northern Leyte some 1-1/2 hours from Tacloban City, remain powerless as broken electrical poles still have not been repaired.

Pacamalan said most of the houses were flattened and some prices of commodities are quite high.

He cited that a candle that used to sell for P10 is now priced at P50 and that gasoline is sold for P80 a liter.

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