On the 8th day after the super typhoon Yolanda’s touchdown on Eastern Visayas relief goods start to trickle in Ormoc City. This is the obtaining progress as various government and humanitarian agencies with lead agency DSWD tasked at delivering aids shifted gear in its operation. Truckloads from different regional offices of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, as well as from local government units, have begun arriving in Ormoc City since the past two days, according to a press release.
The city was among the most heavily damaged areas from the onslaught of the super typhoon last week, with 95 percent of the LGU heavily affected.
Friday morning saw the arrival of three truckloads of supplies from Davao Region. One truck contained 35,000 half-liter bottles of mineral water from the office of the relief agency in Davao.
The other trucks contained donations from individuals and companies from Region 11.
The goods include another 297 boxes of bottled water, 146 sacks of rice, 10,000 food packs as well as boxes of noodles, sardines, corned beef, blankets and slippers, among other things.
Alid Sumaya of DWSD-Davao said Friday’s delivery are apart from the 10,800 food packs Davao sent on Thursday afternoon.
DSWD-Region 10 also sent 10,000 food packs Thursday, in addition to an initial 5,000 food packs last Wednesday.
Friday also saw the arrival of a team from Naga City in the Bicol Region.
The 25-member Naga team is composed of a medical team and an assessment team.
They arrived in a truck filled with 1,500 food packs, 50 boxes of essential medicines and boxes of used clothing.
Joy San Carlos, team leader of the Naga assessment team, said that part of their job is to assess the actual needs of the affected people so Naga City could prepare what they would send in the following days.
The Naga team is one of three from Bicol now in the province of Leyte. The other two are Team Albay and Team Legazpi City that are both operating in Tacloban City.
Meanwhile, the spate of arrivals of relief goods, from government agencies, LGUs and the private sector has brought reprieve in the stricken city that is getting short of supplies while trying to rush support to the most heavily damaged villages.
According to Cary Cabreros of the City Welfare and Development Office, 24,593 houses were totally destroyed by “Yolanda” with another 7,680 partially destroyed
The social welfare officer said their figures are only partial as 39 of the 109 barangays in the city have yet to report their figures.
But fortunately, though many houses were destroyed, updated figures showed that there were only 23 fatalities with 2,455 injured and 11 persons missing.
Meanwhile, restoration efforts by both the national government, through the Department of Public Works and Highways, and the local government had made roads in Ormoc City passable.
Relief officials said that supplies could now be easily transported and distributed to the affected villages without the intended beneficiaries going to the relief distribution centers. (with PNA by Cielito M. Reganit)
Contrary to the reports above, the ANC channel carry reports with typhoon survivors complaining of not having received any relief goods.