Navforcen brings hammer, nails to Bohol-A A +A
Thursday, October 31, 2013
“WE want to help them rebuild what they almost lost.”
This is what Commodore Reynaldo Yoma of the Naval Forces Central (Navforcen) expressed after they delivered construction materials to the quake-affected residents in Bohol.
This, as skilled construction workers from Naval Construction Brigade (NCB) arrived in Bohol yesterday to help reconstruct damaged houses and facilities.
More than a hundred families in Barangay Pinayagan Sur in Tubigon benefitted a set of construction tools given by Navforcen.
Yoma said Navforcen and Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao based in Davao initiated such move to inspire the affected residents to slowly rebuild their destroyed houses.
Instead of spending much for their anniversary, all personnel of Navforcen agreed to donate half of their funds in buying the tools, which include hammer, saw, set of nails among others.
Gregorio Orphano, 71, who is one of the beneficiaries said it would be a big help for them.
Orphano who knows basic carpentry, added that he will no longer borrow tools from his neighbors.
He has been slowly rebuilding his house.
“Salamat kay nakahunahuna sila ani kay sagad pagkaon ug tubig man among madawat.
Karon, bisan way igong kwarta makapamanday na ko (I’m thankful that they’ve thought of this because we usually receive food and water. Now, even if we don’t have much money, we can start working),” Orphano said.
The Naval Forces Ladies Club, whose members are wives of Naval officers and enlisted personnel, also donated 250 food packs and water along with the tools to residents of Pinayagan Sur.
Cecille Yoma said they personally donated money to come up with the donations.
“We’re not just wives, we’re humans who need to take part,” she said.
Aboard one of the largest vessels of the Philippine Navy BRP Bacolod City that came all the way from its headquarters in Cavite, 16 skilled construction workers from NCB were deployed in Bohol.
Lt. Victor Opena Jr., officer in charge of the group, said they will start rebuilding makeshift hospitals in nine towns in Bohol today.
Opena said they will build it using light materials to replace the tents.
The Naval Construction Brigade is working in partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Habitat for Humanity Philippines, a non-government organization who provided the construction materials.
After building hospitals in the towns of Sagbayan, Calape, Inabanga, Buenavista, Antequera, Maribojoc and Tubigon, they will also be helping out in the construction of other public facilities, such as municipal halls.
Earlier, the Habitat for Humanity Philippines built makeshift hospitals in Carmen and Loon.
If more manpower is needed due to the scale of work on affected areas, the Naval Construction Brigade is willing to deploy more personnel.
Yoma also asked the public to donate construction materials to Bohol.
“It has been weeks after the earthquake, I think it’s already time to help the Boholanos rebuild again,” Yoma added.
Meanwhile, the number of deaths from the Oct. 15 magnitude 7.2 quake in Central Visayas rose to 222 as of Wednesday morning, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said.
According to the NDRRMC’s 6 a.m. update yesterday, the most recent fatalities were from Sevilla and Loon in Bohol.
It said the number of injured rose to 797, including 692 from Bohol alone.
Eight are still missing, the NDRRMC said.
Meanwhile, the NDRRMC said 3,066 aftershocks are on record as of 6 a.m. Of these, 84 were felt.
The cost of damage already breached the P2-billion mark as it already amounted to P2.203 billion as of Wednesday, P1.383 billion came from Bohol alone.
Meanwhile, Bukidnon Province donated P1 million to Gov. Hilario Davide III yesterday.
“Our big gratitude to Gov. (Jose Ma) Zubiri and the Province of Bukidnon. This is a big help to the areas in the province that are affected by the earthquake,” said Davide.
Bukidnon Provincial Administrator Archie Lagamon, who handed the donation to Davide yesterday, said his province will also donate P2 million to Bohol Province.
Lagamon and his brother Archibald Lagamon, Bukidnon’s legal consultant, were sent by Zubiri to hand their donations to Cebu and Bohol.
Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Bill Tweddell also visited Davide yesterday and announced Australia’s P124-million aid package to respond to the increasing humanitarian needs following the earthquake that hit Cebu and Bohol.
Prior to yesterday’s P1 million cash donation, Cebu Province received a total of P7.002 million in cash donations from various groups and local government units (LGUs). On top of that, Cebu towns and cities also received cash donations from generous groups.
Last Oct. 21, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte handed a P5-million donation directly to nine mayors of Cebu towns and cities affected by Oct. 15 earthquake. That same day, Albay officials, Sto. Domingo Mayor Herbie Agua and PB Member Ralph Andes turned over P500,000 donation to Davide and Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale as their assistance to Cebu. (With reports from Sunnex)
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 31, 2013.