More typhoon survivors return to Leyte, Samar

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Friday, December 27, 2013

MORE than 30 survivors of super typhoon Yolanda, who were temporarily housed at the Barangay Tinago gym in Cebu City, boarded a ship back to Tacloban City via Ormoc last Wednesday night.

Tinago Barangay Captain Joel Garganera said 17 families from the gym transferred to the tent city, also known as the Family Rebuilding Center, at the South Road Properties.

Some survivors went to their relatives in Manila, Iloilo, Cagayan de Oro City, Dapitan City, Zamboanga City and Ozamiz. Others returned to their hometowns in Samar and Leyte, which were ravaged by Yolanda.

Their boat tickets were shouldered by private individuals and a shipping company gave them discounts. They also got pocket money ranging from P300 to P500.

Gargarnera advised the evacuees to go back to Eastern Visayas because the National Government and foreign agencies have started the rehabilitation program. He said he heard survivors will be given materials and money to rebuild their homes.

Past relief

“I told them that what we have here is just relief operations. We passed that stage already because they have been here for 40 days,” he said.

He said 421 of the 620 evacuees who took refuge at the Tinago gym have left Cebu.

Yolanda survivors from Leyte and Samar who came to Cebu were housed at the Tinago Sports Complex, Guadalupe Gym and Cogon Ramos Gym.

When the Cebu City government and the Philippine Red Cross decided to put up the tent city, Garganera said the evacuees were told to vacate the gyms.

When Garganera went to the Tinago gym yesterday morning, he saw his constituents playing basketball while some barangay employees were cleaning the facility.

He said he missed the noise of children playing and the chatter of evacuees and volunteers.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 27, 2013.

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