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PIA News Service - Saturday, January 12, 2013

Thousands of relief goods, GI sheets delivered to typhoon Pablo victims

By David M. Suyao

PATIN-AY, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur, Jan 12 (PIA) - The provincial government of Agusan del Sur has already delivered 38,113 packs of food relief goods and another 24,833 G.I. sheets to typhoon Pablo victims mostly in the four municipalities in the province.

The food relief packs containing five kilos of rice, 6 sachets noodles and six tins of sardines were delivered to the most ravaged municipalities of Veruela, Sta. Josefa, Trento and Bunawan and some barangays of La Paz and Loreto where people have almost nothing to eat because their crops were totally damaged by the typhoon.

“Gov. Plaza and I spent almost every day since December 6, 2012, two days after the typhoon hit mostly the southern part of the province, until the other day, distributing relief goods. A day after the typhoon left, by order of Gov. Plaza, the Provincial Social Welfare and Development have already produced initial relief goods that we distributed to the most affected families while assessing the damages left by typhoon Pablo,” Vice Gov. Santiago Cane said.

The provincial government has initially distributed a total of 24,833 G.I. sheets to be used as roofs in the construction of houses for the typhoon victims in the municipalities of Bunawan with 7,200 sheets, Trento with 15,000 sheets and Barangay Sinubong in Veruela with 2,633 sheets. This initial distribution is just part of the 126,491 G. I. sheets with a total cost of P33,266,880 as computed during the meeting of Gov. Plaza with the six mayors of the most affected municipalities in the province.

The Provincial Engineering Office said totally damaged house will receive 12 G.I. sheets while partially damaged houses will receive 6 G. I. sheets.

The World Food Program in partnership with the PGAS, has also distributed some 25,638 packs to 8,564 the typhoon victims in the municipalities of Veruela, Sta. Josefa, Trento, Bunawan and Loreto, data from provincial governor’s office showed. Each pack contains nine kilos of rice and canned goods.

To date, there are more than 6,000 packs of relief goods stocked at the Typhoon Pablo relief center at the covered court of the D.O. Plaza Sports Complex, ready for distribution. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)