No help yet for 200 Cebu villages

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

MORE than 200 barangays devastated by typhoon Yolanda have not yet received construction materials, according to the data from Capitol’s rehabilitation group, Task Force Paglig-on.

Consultant Baltazar Tribunalo Jr., who heads the task force, said they are now focusing on these barangays.

The Task Force Paglig-on is implementing the “adopt-a-barangay” program to help affected barangays recover from the typhoon.

Based on the records of the task force, all barangays in Tudela, Borbon and Sogod have not yet received construction materials that residents can use in repairing or rebuilding their homes.

According to initial report of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC), these towns are listed as having incurred “medium to heavy damage” from Yolanda.

The Province has recorded 15 towns as badly hit by the typhoon last Nov. 8. These include Bantayan, Madridejos, Santa Fe, Daanbantayan, Medellin, San Remegio, Bogo City, Pilar, Poro, San Francisco, Tudela, Tabogon, Tabuelan, Borbon and Sogod.

Tribunalo said the survivors need galvanized iron sheets especially that rains are coming in the next few months. He said they will have a second round of assessment on how many families have yet started to rebuild their houses.

Tribunalo said they need to do a second assessment since some families have rebuilt their houses two to three weeks after the typhoon.

Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III said they will meet with the department heads, national agencies and private sectors tomorrow at the Capitol to collect the latest damage assessment reports.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 10, 2013.

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