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Donations sought for victims of typhoon

THE city government has called on residents to donate anything to those affected by the recent typhoon.

Lawyer Marlisa Gallo, chief of the City Social Welfare and Development (CSWDO), told the Davao City Disaster Radio on Wednesday that her office has been coordinating with affected local government units particularly in the provinces of Cotabato and Maguindanao on the needs of their constituents.

Gallo said the office is still accepting donations as based on the latest report, in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), the weather disturbance has affected 115,437 families with 572,185 individuals in 126 barangays.

Gallo said those who want to donate must consider food and water as the top priority and hygiene kits, toiletries, sleeping materials and medicines are also very much needed.

Gallo said those who want to donate should just bring their donations to the office on Pichon Street as well as Task Force Davao Headquarters in Sta. Ana Wharf and at Rizal Park.

Over the weekend, the city government sent two teams, composed of 134 people, to Maguindanao and Cotabato City to deliver relief assistance. Of those deployed, 44 were assigned in Cotabato City while the rest were assigned in Maguindanao which was recently split into two provinces through a referendum.

Among those deployed were social workers, emergency responders, security forces, and medical personnel from the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office’s Emergency Medical Services, Fire Auxiliary Services, Urban Search and Rescue, City Health Office, City Social Welfare and Development Office, Ancillary Services Unit, City Engineer’s Office, Davao City Police Office, Task Force Davao, and the Office of Civil Defense Region XI.

“Tan-awon pa nato ni karon kung unsa ang mga request sa atong mga social workers pud didtoa sa Maguindanao,” Gallo said as she added that the city government may also send personnel to provide psychosocial services to those affected to help deal with the trauma.



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