DSWD aid caravan heads for Albay

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A CARAVAN aimed at providing support to Mayon evacuees organized by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Center (NDRRMC) was sent to the province of Albay over the weekend.

Dubbed as Mt. Mayon Humanitarian Response Assistance Caravan, it is expected to provide aid to some 12,700 families or 55,000 individuals currently staying in 44 evacuation centers around Albay.

A fleet of 31 trucks loaded with food packs; tins of ready-to-eat food; and, pieces of blankets, mats, and mosquito nets left DSWD’s National Resource Operations Center in Pasay City, for Guinobatan, Albay before noon yesterday.

On hand to welcome the caravan that is expected to arrive at noon today are Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman, Interior Secretary Mar Roxas 2nd, Health Secretary Enrique Ona, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda and Gov. Joey Salceda.


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  1. I suggest to Governor Joey Salceda and his provincial council to:
    a. consult with the families of evacuees what items do they need while they are at the evacuation sites on a regular basis.
    b. organize evacuees by families on their roles at the sites; mothers/female members, fathers/ male members on what chores or things they can do to maintain healthy surroundings; to help augment their financial situation for their undetermined number of months in staying there.Let the evacuees brainstorm ideas to continue LITERACY efforts of three year olds, other youngsters and adults in various subjects/issues in the evacuation centers, then invite volunteers to enhance these efforts to avoid boredom and feelings of inadequacy, hopelessness and despair.
    c. Invite parish priests and church volunteers to hold masses, prayer sessions and counseling sessions regularly. Give/loan bibles, books and materials to read/study. Some of these families haven’t gone to church regularly probably because of where they reside prior to evacuation.
    d. provide means for families to contact other family members who are in Metro Manila or other places using cell phones/computer for free but with guidelines laid out to them.
    e. consult barangay,town and provincial officials with heads of committees assigned for evacuating people about short-term goals for transparent budgeting and accountability of expenses, assistance from other members of the community nearest or on the exact places where evacuation sites are constructed such as advice from midwives, health officials on family planning; sports activities for kids and adults, etc.
    d. Make use of the leadership potentials of men and women at the evacuation centers.
    e. Make the visits of the DSWD, Health, Interior Secretary and etc. government officials as opportunities to be with people, talk to them and inspire them about good governance and living a simple yet decent life. This is a very good time for sincere sharing and bonding with…