DSWD aims to give 59,000 families in Bohol food-A A +A
Sunday, November 3, 2013
CEBU -- Before today ends, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) hopes to give 59,703 families some food packs while they continue to cope with effects of the quake.
The DSWD also said it has come up with a new distribution plan that will involve giving larger food packs to 17 towns in Bohol, where nearly 75,000 families were displaced by the October 15 calamity.
The DSWD said the target of reaching 59,703 families was programmed for the long weekend, from November 1 to 3.
Each pack contains rice, noodles, coffee and chocolate drinks.
DSWD-Central Visayas Regional Director Mercedita Jabagat thanked companies and individuals who continue to donate either money or goods to the earthquake survivors.
The Department of Education (DepEd) is appealing to organizations to work with the Bohol Provincial Government in fixing or replacing more than 2,700 classrooms in Bohol alone.
P2.2B in infra
The education cluster of Bohol’s Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) said that out of 7,169 classrooms in Bohol, at least 852 were destroyed and 1,912 classrooms were damaged.
The PDRRMC relayed the report to the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (Rafi), which the province is considering as a partner in the school rehabilitation effort.
The magnitude 7.2 earthquake has damaged or destroyed P2.2-billion worth of infrastructure, including schools, hospitals and other government buildings, according to Saturday’s bulletin from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).
The quake killed 222 persons and injured 976 others. Eight remain missing, five of them in Sagbayan town. The NDRRMC also reported that P65.9 million in help, both from government and private organizations, has reached the quake’s survivors.
In a statement sent to Sun.Star Cebu, the DSWD said it considered poverty levels and the extent of the damage in mapping out a new relief distribution plan.
Based on the new plan, three more rounds of relief distribution will take place. The food packs will contain 20 kilos of rice, six cans of pork and beans, five cans of sausage and 10 packs of coffee.
Among the recent donors were Julie’s Franchise Corp., which donated P50,000 worth of Bayan sliced bread. Cherry Mobile and Intuitive Solutions donated assorted foods items like sardines and biscuits.
The Rotary Club of Cebu also gave assorted canned goods and seven boxes of noodles. The Rotary Club of Cebu Midtown together with Green Bank donated P30,000 worth of bottled water, said Green Bank manager Jack Torrejos.
Lucio Lim Jr., president and chief executive officer of Lite Shipping Corp., said his company will continue to ship relief goods for free.
“For a company or private person to avail of free freight on relief goods, they should present a certification from DSWD and from the intended beneficiaries,” Lim said.
In a separate statement, Rafi said it sent a team to assess the quake’s damage, especially to schools, last week.
Anthony Dignadice, Rafi education development unit executive director, said that the assessment team met with the education cluster of Bohol’s PDRRMC. They learned that 230 school buildings were destroyed, while 409 school buildings were damaged.
Of the total 7,169 classrooms in Bohol, 852 classrooms were destroyed and 1,912 classrooms were damaged.
There are 639 school buildings affected by the quake, 273 or 43 percent have been assessed by a joint team of Bohol and Manila engineers.
“Classrooms and school facilities that were declared unsafe have been cordoned off, alternative learning sites have been determined for schools that have damage, (and) resources for purchase of tents have been mobilized,” stated the report provided to Rafi by the PDRRMC.
The report brought up the need for “psycho-social first aid” for Bohol’s 280,524 students and 8,519 teachers.
In their meeting with local officials, Rafi presented the counter-parting scheme the foundation is implementing with Cebu’s local government units (LGUs), where Rafi provides the materials while the LGUs provide the manpower in building schools. (Sun.Star Cebu/With PR)
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on November 03, 2013.