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Donors directed to contact disaster management councils

The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) and the Regional Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Center (RDRRMC) XI are asking all prospective donors to have direct coordination with the regional and/or the local disaster risk reduction and management councils.

“We would like to request and remind all groups, organizations or individuals who wish to provide in kind or cash assistance to always have direct coordination with Regional and Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils to ensure that all affected communities or families will be able to receive the necessary assistance,” OCD XI Director Manuel Luis Ochotorena said in a statement.

The recent series of earthquake incidents that originated in Cotabato area have affected some parts of Davao Region, particularly Davao City, Davao Occidental and Davao del Sur.

The government, through its response mechanism, has been providing the needed assistance and support to the affected communities since the first major quake hit the island.

Ochotorena said the OCD-RDRRMC XI Emergency Operations Center, located at Door 210 2/F, LDL Building (fronting Davao International Airport) along CP Garcia Highway in Barangay Communal, Buhangin District, is the coordination hub for the ongoing response operations in the region.

As of Nov. 2, a total of P12,305,185 worth of assistance (food, shelter, financial, health) were already provided to the affected families and individuals by the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council XI in Davao Region alone, he said.

“To continuously provide all the needed relief and rehabilitation efforts, all concerned RDRRMC XI member agencies are still conducting field assessments and validation of the damages especially to those families who lost their houses,” Ochotorena said.

In addition, the RDRRMC XI Response Cluster was already activated to efficiently and effectively provide and manage the disaster response operations in the region.

“For the spirit of ‘Bayanihan’ as what we Filipinos are known for, there are groups or individuals who donate different kinds of assistance (mostly food, water, kitchen utensils, clothes) to the earthquake-stricken areas of Davao Region and many more groups, organizations or individuals are signifying their intent to provide help in the community,” he said.

Ochotorena said significant to this operation is a 24/7 response mechanism in the region in close coordination with the local disaster risk reduction and management councils.

In Davao del Sur, the badly affected province in the region, donor can contact the Provincial and Municipal DRRM offices or Incident Command Posts located in their respective Provincial Capitol and/or Municipal Hall.

The donors, Ochotorena said, can also coordinate with OCD-RDRRMC XI Emergency Operations Center “so that you will be provided with the necessary information as to what kind of assistance and to what specific localities it should be given.”

Donors can also contact the following numbers and/or directly coordinate with the following DRRM Offices:

Davao del Sur Provincial DRRM Office
Contact Numbers: Tel. No. (082) 553-9620, Cell Nos. 0918-450-7413/0917-477-8200
Address: Provincial Capitol Compound, Brgy. Matti, Digos City, Davao del Sur
Email Add: pdrrmcdavsur2016@gmail.com

Digos City DRRM Office
Contact Number: Tel. No. (082) 237-2114
Address: Sanguniang Panglungsod, Jose Abad Santos, Brgy. Zone III, Digos City, Davao del Sur

Bansalan Municipal DRRM Office
Contact Number: 0949-994-6883
Address: Poblacion, Bansalan, Davao del Sur
Email Add: bansalanmdrrmo8005@gmail.com

Matanao Municipal DRRM Office
Contact Number: 0920-724-5655
Address: Poblacion, Matanao, Davao del Sur
Email Add: avery.angelo13@gmail.com

Magsaysay Municipal DRRM Office:
Contact Numbers: 0999-349-0663/0949-998-9872
Address: Municipal Compound, Brgy. Poblacion, Magsaysay, Davao del Sur
Email Add: mdrrmomagsaysay@gmail.com

Kiblawan Municipal DRRM Office
Contact Number: 0928-672-3792
Address: 2nd Floor, Public Market Bldg., Poblacion, Kiblawan, Davao del Sur
Email Add: mdrrmokiblawandavaodelsur@gmail.com

OCD-RDRRMC XI Operations Center
Contact Number: TelFax (082) 297-7915, Cell No. 0917-178-9711
Address: Door 210 2/F LDL Bldg.(fronting Davao International Airport), CP Garcia Highway, Communal, Davao City
Email Add: ocdrc11@yahoo.com

Further, for financial assistance, you may ask the respective Local DRRM Offices for their bank accounts or you may also deposit it directly to OCD-NDRRMC bank account with the following details:
Account Name: NDRRMC Donated Fund
Account Number:
0435-021927-030 (PESO Current Account)
0435-021927-530 (DOLLAR Savings Account)
SWIFT CODE: DBPHPHMM Account No. 36002016
Address: Development Bank of the Philippines, Camp Aguinaldo Branch, PVAO Compound, Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City, Philippines.

“Your help will surely alleviate the sufferings of our Kababayans who are victims of calamities,” Ochotorena further said.

In Davao City, donations can be delivered to the Task Force Davao (TFD) Headquarters at the Sta. Ana Wharf, care of Col. Consolito Yecla, TFD commander. (By Rhoda Grace B. Saron and Aileen L. Sampang)

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