Friday , June 22, 2018

Cebu assistance teams to leave for Ormoc

THE Cebu City Government will send a 75-member team to Ormoc City to help in post-disaster response in the area.

It will send another team to northern Cebu to help super typhoon Yolanda victims.

This as Mayor Michael Rama declared he will give up a month’s salary to assist typhoon victims in northern Cebu. The mayor urged other City Hall officials, and even the employees, to do the same.

Super typhoon Yolanda’s death toll went up to 1,833 yesterday, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

The NDRRMC said around 286,000 individuals or 60,000 families remain in 993 evacuation centers in storm-hit provinces.


In Cebu Province, Yolanda’s death toll reached 71 from 59 last Tuesday, according to the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) 7.

It said 466,673 individuals were displaced in Bohol, Cebu and Negros Oriental.

Vice Mayor Edgardo Labella, who will head the team to Ormoc, said they will leave on Saturday on a barge commissioned by the Cebu Contractors’ Association.

The team will be composed of five doctors, five nurses, three sanitation inspectors from the City Health Department (CHD) and several paramedics from the Emergency Rescue Unit Foundation.

They will help attend to the medical needs of typhoon victims.

Twenty-five City Hall personnel will also join the group to oversee the distribution of relief goods.


It is still unknown how many trucks of relief goods will be brought to Ormoc.

Labella said there will be 15 personnel from the City Traffic Operations Management who join the group to take charge of crowd control, particularly in the distribution of relief goods.

Cebu City will also bring five dump trucks, five pick-up trucks, one Elf truck, one ambulance and two motorcycles to be used in the medical mission and the distribution of relief goods.

The Cebu City team will stay in Ormoc for two days.

Cebu City Market Operations Division chief Racquel Arce will lead the team to be deployed to Medellin on Saturday.

She said the team will give health and social services to typhoon victims.

Arce said doctors, nurses and sanitation inspectors from the CHD and the Cebu City Medical Center will conduct a medical mission in the northern Cebu town.


Some personnel from the Department of Public Services will also join Arce’s team to help rehabilitate Medellin's water system.

Arce said the team will be staying in Medellin for two days. They will be going to San Remegio and Daanbantayan after.

As for relief goods, Arce said the City will distribute food packs to Daanbantayan and San Remegio since food assistance was already extended by the City to Medellin over the weekend.

In a related development, a delegation of 150 doctors, nurses and medical staff from Israel will arrive in Cebu today.

The team, which is headed by Israeli Ambassador to the Philippines Menashe Baron, will go to Bogo City, Cebu to conduct a four-day medical mission.


Lt. Col. Marciano Jesus Guevara of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) said they have airlifted at least 3,696 civilians from Tacloban City in Leyte to Cebu and Manila since last Saturday until last Tuesday.

He said they deliver relief goods to Eastern Visayas six to seven times a day using two of PAF's three operational C-130 cargo planes.

At least eight foreign commercial and military aircraft carrying food packs, medicines, tents, blankets and water-purifying machines arrived at the Benito Ebuen Mactan Airbase in Lapu-Lapu City.

Guevara said two C-130 cargo planes from Taiwan and C-17 Globemaster from Australia arrived in the airbase yesterday.

“The humanitarian aid we received is overwhelming. The sympathetic gesture of the international community gives us high spirits," he said.


Mactan Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA) General Manager Nigel Paul Villarete said 588 tons of relief goods from Europe are expected to arrive in Cebu.

The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) said the ports of Tacloban City and Ormoc City are operational.

Ports in the cities of Calbayog and Catbalogan in Samar; San Isidro and Allen in Northern Samar; Baybay City, and Hilongos in Leyte; and Maasin City, Southern Leyte are also operational again.

But the ports in Borongan City and Guiuan in Eastern Samar; Isabel and Palompon in Leyte; and Naval, Biliran have no communications.

The NDRRMC also reported that the damage caused by Yolanda reached P761.4 million yesterday.

Of the total damage, more than P560 million came from the agriculture sector.

Although power has not been restored in affected provinces in the Visayas, about 50 percent of affected cell sites have been fully or partially restored.

The National Telecommunications Commission report stated that Globe Telecom cell sites in Tacloban City have been restored.