Gov't counseling Mindanao typhoon victims to ensure their well-being

December 16, 2012 11:24 am 

MANILA, Dec. 15 — The government vowed to ensure the emotional well-being of typhoon victims in Mindanao following reports that many victims have been suffering from mental illnesses as a result of the disaster, the Palace said on Saturday.

In a radio interview over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan, Deputy Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said the some members of the Aquino Cabinet went to the disaster area on Friday and had a dialogue with survivors on the ongoing normalization efforts of the government.

They explained to the survivors the government plans being carried out, the relief and reconstruction initiatives, so that their lives could go back to normal.

“We are also cognizant of the fact that the survivors cannot be left in the dark. You have to really tell them, and to help them that this is what we are doing,” Valte said.

“Apart from the evacuation efforts, the relief efforts, the DSWD is also providing stress debriefing para doon sa mga survivors, given the number of them and the number of social workers that we have, it really is a daunting task,” she added.

As the government provides the victims with food, clothing and shelter, it is also working to ensure that the survivors have a healthy well-being, Valte said.

On the spiritual side, Valte said they’ll live it to local priests and pastors to give the victims spiritual counseling.

Reacting to reports saying the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) issued logging permits that eventually exacerbated the situation during the typhoon, Valte said they will await the result of the investigation ordered by the President.

“When the storm was ongoing and we were only beginning to see the effects of the typhoon, meron nang mga nagsasabi diyan. We will leave it up to the members assigned to determine it kasi it can be a factor… illegal logging and mining,” Valte said.

“That will be part of the investigation. The DOJ, DENR, DILG, sila ang naatasan ng Pangulo na tingnan kung bakit at ano ang dahilan ng mga pangyayari doon sa Davao Oriental at sa Compostela Valley,” she said. (PNA)

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