(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Wednesday, 29 May 2024) At 3:00 AM today, the center of the eye of Typhoon "AGHON" {EWINIAR} was estimated based on all available data at 850 km East Northeast of Extreme Northern Luzon (23.1°N, 129.7°E) with maximum sustained winds of 130 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 160 km/h. It is moving Northeastward at 20 km/h. Southwesterly Windflow affecting the western section of the country. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—˜π—”π—§π—›π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms due to Localized Thunderstorms. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—œπ—‘π—— 𝗔𝗑𝗗 π—–π—’π—”π—¦π—§π—”π—Ÿ π—ͺπ—”π—§π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Light to moderate winds coming from South to Southwest will prevail with slight to moderate seas (0.6 to 2.1 meters).

Friday, 12 April 2024

Agusan Sur households get disaster family kits

By Jennifer Gaitano

Twenty-one households from Veruela, Agusan del Sur received each a box of family kit containing food supplies, hygiene products and other necessary items which are useful for the families, whose houses were damaged due to the onslaught of the recent shear line and trough of the low pressure area (LPA). Photo by Gino V. Almonical/LGU-Veruela.

BUTUAN CITY (PIA) – A total of 21 families from the town of Veruela in the province of Agusan del Sur have received family kits from the local government unit through the Municipal Social Welfare and Development (MSWD) Office and the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO).

These family kits are the same asthe ones being distributed by the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Caraga to the different provinces affected by the shear line and trough of the low pressure area (LPA) in the month of January this year.

Office of Civil Defense Regional Director Liza Mazo urged the local government units to continue to provide aid for those households who were greatly affected by the weather disturbance, thereby causing  their houses to be severely damaged.

It can be recalled that Agusan del Sur has recorded a high number of families who stayed at the evacuation centers for several weeks or a month to recover from the onslaught of the said weather disturbance.

Mang Ernesto, a senior citizen from Veruela and one of the beneficiaries of the family kits, thanked the LGU and the MDRRMO for handing them the kits, which are useful during any disaster. 

He further expressed that being displaced from their homes even for a while made their day-to-day lives difficult, especially in sustaining their livelihood, yet the government, he said, has been there to provide for their needs to cope and survive.

Veruela Mayor Myrna Mondejar reiterated that this initiative aims to provide immediate relief and support to the affected families who have experienced significant loss due to the natural disaster. 

“The family kits consist of essential items such as food supplies, hygiene products, clothing, and other necessary provisions that will aid in their recovery process,” she said.

Local residents of Veruela, Agusan del Sur are grateful for the family kits that they have received from the local government unit through the Municipal Social Welfare and Development (MSWD) and the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO). Photo by Gino V. Almonical/LGU-Veruela.

Mondejar further emphasized that through this joint effort between the municipal officials and personnel from the MSWD and MDRRMO, the LGU strives to demonstrate its commitment to ensuring the welfare of the community members during times of distress. By providing these family kits, it is hoped to alleviate some of the burdens faced by those affected while also fostering a sense of unity and solidarity within the municipality.

"We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all those involved in making this initiative a success, from planning and coordination efforts to the efficient distribution process. It is through collaborative efforts like these that we can continue building a resilient community that supports one another in times of need," said Mondejar.

"Moving forward, we remain steadfast in our commitment to promoting disaster preparedness measures while continuing efforts towards sustainable development for the betterment of all residents in Veruela," she added. (JPG, PIA-Agusan del Sur, with a report from LGU-Veruela, Agusan del Sur)