LEGAZPI CITY, Nov. 27 – Sorsogon serves as jump-off point of Typhoon Yolanda survivors from Samar. As of Nov. 25, there were 21 families and 69 individuals who received aid from DSWD through the Public Assistance Desk.
Herminia Diorico of Barangay Maya, MacArthur, Leyte, and six other members of her family left their house in total wreck.
The Dionicos reached Matnog Port last Nov. 25 on board a worn-out tricycle.
Hopeless and helpless, Herminia was surprised when upon arrival at the port of Matnog in Sorsogon, her family received family food packs and a transportation assistance amounting to P4,800 from the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
The Dionico family left Matnog for Metro Manila Tuesday night.
“We just want to go to my son in Silang, Cavite, but we plan to go back home when everything goes back to normal,” she said in Tagalog.
Reymart Lagarto, a neighbor of Herminia, also received P800 from DSWD for his transportation going to Angeles, Pampanga, to ask for help from his sister.
Survivors of deadly typhoon “Yolanda” crossing from Eastern Visayas to Bicol receive assistance from DSWD upon reaching Matnog Port in Sorsogon.
In responding to basic subsistence needs of affected individuals, the DSWD Reception recovery processing center is open almost 24 hours to provide counseling, psychosocial support for internally displaced persons, relief distribution and financial assistance to those Yolanda survivors arriving at the Matnog Port.
The RRPC is part of DSWD’s continuous disaster response efforts in cooperation with the LGU of Matnog, which started its operation last Nov. 20.
DSWD provides counseling to assess their needs.
Once the families express that they have nowhere to go, the DSWD, in partnership with local government units (LGUs), will give them a temporary shelter.
However, if they opt to be in a relative’s care and have no capacity to spend for their fare to travel, DSWD will also give them transportation assistance or refer them to the LGU or Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board’s “Libreng Sakay” to avail themselves of the free fare.
The DSWD prepared a holding area for the evacuees at Matnog, specifically at the Philippine Ports Authority, Caloocan Barangay Council and Day Care Center.
The DSWD also takes them to Daraga Evacuation Center for further processing.
The Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office has arranged with the LGUs of Camalig, Guinobatan and Libon to accommodate possible evacuees from Eastern Visayas in their respective evacuation centers.
The Crisis Intervention Section of the DSWD Field Office V, in coordination with the Provincial Government of Albay, assists and validates the referred survivors of LGUs in the holding areas, evacuation centers and private residents.(PNA report by By Emmanuel P. Solis)