SRP tent city set to open this week

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Monday, December 9, 2013

THE two remaining evacuation centers in Cebu City for people from Eastern Visayas affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda might close this week.

The refugees will be transferred to the tent city that the City and the Philippine Red Cross are setting up at the South Road Properties (SRP). The tent city is expected to open on Thursday.

Department of Social Welfare Services (DSWS) Chief Ester Concha said transferring the evacuees to the tent city is in their plans if the evacuation centers will be turned over to them.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) 7 will turn over to the City the management of the remaining evacuation centers today.

Since there are only few evacuees left, DSWD 7 will focus their post-disaster response to Yolanda-stricken areas, said Concha.

Only two out of the five evacuation centers provided by the City for Yolanda evacuees remain open. These are the Tinago Sports Complex and the Cogon Ramos Gym.

They house some 337 internally displaced persons from 74 families.

Cogon Ramos

Of the total number, 295 evacuees or 60 families are in Tinago while 42 individuals or 14 families are in Cogon Ramos.

The evacuees that were earlier housed at the Capitol Parish Gym, Guadalupe Sports Complex and San Nicolas Gym have already gone to Manila and other areas in Cebu and Mindanao to stay with their relatives.

Others decided to go back to Leyte to start rebuilding their houses.

For Cogon Ramos, the number of evacuees is expected to decrease to 20 individuals or four families today, since some of them will be flying to Manila or going back to Leyte.

The tent city is expected to accommodate 50 families. More families can stay in the area once the more tents promised by Red Cross arrive. Red Cross promised 120 tents for the tent city.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 09, 2013.

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