RDC 7 launches relief caravan in Cebu north

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

THE Cebu Provincial Government and eight line agencies took part in the Regional Development Council (RDC) 7 relief caravan to bring aid to northern Cebu towns badly affected by super typhoon Yolanda.

The caravan was an initiative of the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) 7, which is the RDC 7 secretariat. The Department of Interior and Local Government 7 took charge of contacting and coordinating with the municipal local government officers.

Bogo City and the towns of San Remegio, Daanbantayan, Medellin and Tabogon received relief goods from members of RDC 7. Other RDC member-local government units distributed their relief goods earlier.

Cebu Province distributed 200 sacks of relief goods in Bogo and Medellin. The
Department of Education 7 distributed 40 sacks, with each sack containing 120 packs, to school children and their families in San Remegio. DepEd also turned over 360 packs
to the district supervisor.

In San Remegio and Daanbantayan towns, the Department of Finance-Bureau of Local Government Finance 7 distributed 360 packs.

In Daanbantayan, Medellin and Bogo, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) 7 and DAR-Cebu distributed relief goods to 222 households in agrarian reform communities.

Neda 7 turned over 50 packs to Bogo officials, along with the 16 sacks of relief packs from the Department of Trade and Industry 7.

The Department of Agriculture 7 distributed 80 packs to Yolanda survivors in Medellin, while the Commission on Higher Education and the Department of Science and Technology 7 distributed 130 packs and 50 packs, respectively, in Tabogon.

Aside from the relief caravan, the RDC 7 will review and is expected to endorse during its full council meeting set on Dec. 19 the proposed rehabilitation plan for these affected areas.

PSH’s outreach

Meanwhile, Perpetual Succour Hospital’s (PSH) staff, sisters and doctors reached out to the survivors of calamities that hit the Visayas.

PSH, having operated a water refilling station, gave out thousands of bottled water to the survivors. Over 5,000 pieces of bottled water, each bottle is filled with one liter of water, were distributed to Bohol, some areas in Leyte, northern Cebu, Ormoc, Cagayan de Oro, Camotes Island in Cebu and Eastern Samar. The operation was facilitated by Sr. Myrna Borromeo.

Last Nov. 23, PSH Medical Alumni Association together with the All-Terrain Medical Relief Organization organized a medical-surgical mission in Medellin.

This medical mission was held in collaboration with GMA Kapuso network, which sponsored the relief packs.

The activity was spearheaded by Dr. Teresito Gabutin, Dr. Jesselito Simporios, Dr. Wyben Briones and Dr. Nestor Ceniza. With the team were Sr. Claire Escañan, Sr. Carmelita Buot and Sr. Hazel Tabada, some resident doctors, PGI’s and nurses.

About 1,000 residents in Medellin, both young and adults, availed themselves of the consultation and they were also provided with medicines.

Another medical mission and relief operations were sponsored by the PSH Cebu Cancer Institute in Palo, Leyte last Nov. 30. It was spearheaded by Dr. Jemela Sanchez, Dr. Lynda Mae Lepatan, Dr. Nello Roa IV Jr. Together with them were the SPC sisters, namely, Sr. Claire Escañan, Sr. Cristy Joy Salimbagat and Sr. Hazel Tabada; some resident doctors, nurses headed by June Taborada) and pharmacists.

A total of 212 adults and 200 kids benefited from the free consultation. They were provided with medicines, hygiene kit, blanket and relief packs.

Aside from providing medical assistance, they also attended to the kids having traumatic experience of the catastrophe. A critical incident stress debriefing was facilitated by Sr. Cristy Joy to help alleviate the traumatic stress of the children and for them to become resilient from such experience. An artwork session was also given to them.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 18, 2013.


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