DOH, Pagcor provide aid to Florita-hit areas

IN this Friday, August 26, 2022, photo, volunteer ROTC (Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) students from Isabela help in unloading the relief goods from the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. The agency said it donated 3,000 food packs and non-food items to the province of Isabela to aid the residents affected by severe Tropical Storm Florita.

TO augment the existing stock of medicines and emergency provisions such as first aid, hygiene and kalinga kits and jerrycans, the Ilocos Region office of the Department of Health (DOH) sent out medical supply to the province of Ilocos Norte.

Around P150,000 worth of medicines and supplies were given to families affected by severe tropical storm “Florita” (international name Ma-On) last August 25, according to Regional Director Paula Paz M. Sydiongco.

Ang regional office po ay laging nakahanda at nakaantabay upang magbigay ng tulong sa panahon ng kalamidad gaya ng nagdaang lindol at bagyo,” Sydiongco said. [The regional office is always ready to help during a calamity like earthquake and typhoon].

She added the DOH-Ilocos Region also provided medical assistance in the provinces of Ilocos Sur, Pangasinan and La Union. Sydiongco added these are aside from the prepositioned drugs and supplies at the provincial DOH offices (PDOHOs).

“We are always in close coordination with the local government units, district hospitals 24/7 through our health emergency response unit to provide health assistance and medical services,” she said.

According to the Ilocos Norte Provincial Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC), the initial damage brought about by Florita is worth about P10 million. About 827 families were affected.

Meanwhile, Sydiongco strongly cautioned residents to stay on alert during typhoons and heavy rains.

Pagcor aid

MEANWHILE, the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR) announced it distributed relief goods to localities affected by Florita last August 25 to 26.

Pagcor said it turned over a total of 6,000 food packs and non-food items worth P3.46 million to the provinces of Cagayan and Isabela, which were among the hardest hit provinces.

Bonifacio U. Cuarteros, Cagayan Chief of Center Management Division and Focal Person on Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) Disaster Response Relief, said agricultural crops were heavily damaged by Florita. The province reportedly lost about P344 million worth of agricultural products.

According to Cuarteros, majority of Cagayan province’s total 1.2 million population rely on farming and fishing for their income.

“Ang malaking tinamaan at naapektuhan ay ang agricultural crops at mas naapektuhan talaga ay ang mga farmers ng mais,” he added. [The storm’s biggest impact was on agricultural crops and the most affected are corn farmers.]

Isabela PSWDO Officer Lucila Ambatali, meanwhile, said that more than 6,700 individuals in 43 barangays were affected in Isabela.

Ambatali added that most of the damages were in the northern portion of the province, especially the coastal towns.

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