Bicol sends off 25 truckloads of relief goods for eastern Samar Monday

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A convoy of twenty five truckloads of relief goods from Bicol intended for Leyte and Samar leaves Matnog port in Sorsogon Monday and will arrive at their destinations on the same day, a regional official of the Office of Civil Defense said.

Rafael Bernardo Alejandro, civi defense regional director, on Monday said the military transport trucks being used by the Department of Social Welfare and Development disaster relief convoy were loaded in MV Christian James while five trucks were accommodated in the Navy’s AT 296, a landing craft, that left Matnog Port at 2 a.m. Monday.

Alejandro said the Philippine Navy, through the Naval Forces Southern Luzon, has deployed two vessels at Matnog port to help decongest vehicular traffic in the area.

Another four Philippine Navy Auxiliary Reserve Unit vessels manned by naval reservists arrives on Monday at the Matnog port to augment delivery of relief operations in Samar and Leyte.

Another PNARU vessel has started transporting relief goods, military troops, disaster responders and trucks from the port, Alejandro added.

The DSWD in Bicol on Sunday shipped 24,664 emergency family food packs to Samar and Leyte, a regional social welfare official said today.

The relief packs are the third batch of food items loaded in 17 Army trucks for delivery to 10 towns of eastern Samar where thousands of families were affected and displaced by super typhoon “Yolanda,” according to Arnel Garcia, social welfare regional director.

The food items, which include three kilos of rice and canned goods, were repacked at Albay Astrodome by hundreds of volunteers working on a three-shift daily.

Albay province, which was commissioned to undertake the repacking of food items supplied by the DSWD, has so far repackaged 39,960 relief packs worth P9.7 million, Garcia said.

Albay Governor Joey Salceda, who personally sent off on Sunday morning the convoy of trucks loaded with relief items, said “.. this is the longest and the biggest convoy of trucks loaded with relief items for Yolanda victims that set out for Leyte and Samar.” (PNA)


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