Relief goods distribution ongoing –PSWDO

ILOILO CITY — The Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office of Iloilo Province has been on its toes with the distribution of relief goods, especially to northern Iloilo towns having pre-emptive evacuations.

Neneth Pador, PSWDO chief,said that they started distributing relief goods last December 6 in the towns of Concepcion, Ajuy and Barotac Viejo, where the first pre-emptive evacuations for residents of island barangays, and vulnerable areas.

As of December 7, the office had already 715 sacks of rice, 1,200 food packs, 363 boxes of sardines, 322 boxes of noodles, 123 boxes of water, 382 cases of meat loaf, and 465 packs of coffee.

These were distributed to 14 towns, namely, Concepcion, Ajuy, Barotac Viejo, Balasan, Carles, Sara, Estancia, Balasan District Hospital, San Rafael, Lemery, Passi City, San Dionisio, Anilao.

Pador said the dump trucks carrying them were dispatched as early as three in the morning, without hassle.

“The heavy rains in areas where we bring the goods often hamper our unloading as we have to keep the goods, especially rice, dry,” Pador said.

Pador said that the relief distribution may go on until Wednesday as soon as the weather improves and the evacuees can go back to their homes.

Pador said she is personally monitoring the evacuation centers to see to it that they are children-friendly and women-friendly places.

Meanwhile, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management(PDRRMO) Office reported that as of 5:00 in the afternoon, December 7, there were a total of 356 barangays affected/evacuated, involving 22,078 families and 94,807 persons.

Jerry Bionat, Executive Director, PDRRMO said “They are in various evacuation centers, like churches or chapels, day care centers, schools, gyms, safe houses”.

Bionat also said that aside from those under pre-emptive evacuation, there were others who voluntarily evacuated with personal provisions, even bringing some of their animals to safety.

“At least I can say that our efforts at information dissemination in the barangays are paying off,” Bionat said.(JCMESS/PIA6)

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