Albay sharing disaster expertise in Davao Oriental

December 28, 2012 11:02 am 

CATEEL, Davao Oriental, Dec. 28 — Through stress debriefing and psycho social conduct, disaster responders from Team Albay-OCD Bicol who are currently conducting humanitarian mission dubbed as “Tabang Tugang MindaNow” shared their disaster expertise among the typhoon stricken communities of Davao Oriental to easily cope up over the worst impact of typhoon Pablo.

The psycho-social events conducted by the provincial social welfare component of the Team Albay-OCD5 of the mercy mission here were conducted through games and entertainment to educate the public and achieve the zero casualty goals under the government's disaster risk reduction management and mitigation measures.

Free toys, slippers, umbrellas, clothes and basic needs for children and foods were given to typhoon victims of Cateel as they go for psycho social events and disaster risk reduction onsite lessons here.

The humanitarian mission from Bicol sent jointly by Albay Governor Joey Salceda and OCD Bicol and RDRRMC chairman Bernardo Alejandro shared its expertise to the local officials as well as the people of hard hit towns of Boston, Cateel and Baganga for them to easily get back on their own feet again after the devastation and losing their loved ones to typhoon Pablo.

The towns of Boston, Cateel and Baganga, which are facing the Pacific Ocean, have little safe grounds making it hard for communities to take shelter in the event of natural calamities specifically typhoons. The terrain specifically the soil component is considered delicate and in danger of collapsing with persisting massive deforestation due to unabated cutting of trees here.

Typhoon Pablo is the second strongest typhoon that hit Central and Southern Mindanao since 1912 or 100 years ago.

The humanitarian team who is conducting the psycho-social care for children in Davao Oriental helped ease the trauma affecting the survivors.

Salceda said the mercy mission from Albay will continue serving the affected towns of Davao Oriental and earlier called for the establishment of a national coordinating group for relief and early recovery and rehabilitation of affected areas. He said this will ensure effective mobilization, fair allocation and efficient utilization of resources and coordinate private sector engagement.

The 72-man team was among the first groups to rush to Mindanao a few days after the typhoon devastation. A P1 million financial assistance was also given by the people of Albay through Salceda.

The Team Albay-OCD5 is headed by Cedric Daep, chief of the Albay Provincial Safety and Emergency Management Office (APSEMO). The mercy mission first headed to New Bataan and proceeded to the towns of Boston, Cateel and Bangaga where help is urgently needed as all residents were heavily affected and government structures totally flattened to the ground.

The Water and Sanitation (WATSAN) unit of the team immediately provided 17,500 liters of drinking water to victims during its first two days in Boston.

Team Albay’s medical group led by Dr. Eric Raborar, helped out the two physicians in the lone serviceable Cateel District Hospital to nurse the big number of patients, mostly survivors of typhoon Pablo.

Raborar also put up the command post for Cateel District Hospital to assist and guide other mercy missions across the country and international organizations to help the town's MDRRMC.

The Team Albay-OCD5 humanitarian mission members are seasoned and experienced in disaster risk reduction management and well trained in emergency response catering assistance to typhoon victims for relief and early recovery strategy here.

Team Albay has received 11 Bayaning Likas awards this year for its emergency response feats. (PNA)

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