N. Cotabato flood victims get aid-A A +A
Saturday, August 17, 2013
KIDAPAWAN CITY -- At least 433 families from three flooded villages in Pikit town in North Cotabato received relief goods and other items from the Provincial Government.
Of the 433, 284 families came from Barangay Batulawan, 71 from Barangay Takepan, and 78 from Barangay Nalapaan -- all in Pikit which were displaced during the recent floods.
In Barangay Batulawan, classes in daycare and elementary schools were suspended by the local school officials when floodwaters were deep-waist.
Barangay officials said it took almost two weeks before classes had resumed in the village.
Cotabato Governor Emmylou Talino-Mendoza had ordered the relief distribution after the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) made the validation on August 13.
“True to her promise of bringing “Serbisyong Totoo” (genuine service) to the people of North Cotabato, the governor has again ordered the conduct of relief operations to hundreds of families severely affected by flash floods this month,” according to the statement of the governor’s office.
Data from the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO) showed that aside from the three flooded villages, seven other low-lying barangays are considered flood-prone, which included barangays of Gli-Gli, Bualan, Poblacion, Gocotan, Dalingaoen, Nungguan and Kalaeban. During heavy rains, the villages are prone to evacuation, according to the Pikit MDRRMO.
A week ago, the PSWDO has distributed relief items to at least 980 families in Pikit affected by floods.
In Pigcawayan, the social welfare office has conducted relief distribution to at least 320 families.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 18, 2013.