DSWD, int’l agencies distribute relief goods in Bohol

SAGBAYAN, Bohol – The Australian Ambassador and officials of Australian Aid  (AusAID) and World Food Programme (WFP)  and the Department of Social Welfare and Development Office distributed family food packs to the victims of a 7.2 magnitude earthquake here today.

DSWD Secretary Corazon-Juliano Soliman was joined by Australian Ambassador Bill Twedell, Australian Aid  (AusAID) Minster Counsellor Layton Pike, World Food Programme (WFP) Country Director Praveen Agraval and Bohol Governor Edgardo Chatto in distributing 4,186 packs to the evacuees in this earthquake-hit municipality today.

“This partnership  with AusAID and WFP will help us provide more relief goods to the affected families until such time that they can address their own food needs,” Soliman said.

The relief packs, good for 15 days, contain 20 kilos of rice, 10 cans of sardines, 10 cans of beef loaf, 10 pieces of noodles, 10 sachets of chocolate drink, and 10 sachets of coffee.

A total of 59,703 food packs were distributed over the weekend  in the 17 worst-affected towns.

Ambassador Bill Twedell, AusAID Minister-Counsellor Layton Pike, and WFP Country Director Praveen Agrawal  arrived in Bohol last November 2 to lead the relief distribution activity in Sagbayan with Secretary Soliman and Bohol Governor Edgardo Chatto.

Also last Thursday, Secretary Soliman, Japanese Ambassador Toshinao Orabe, and JICA Chief Representative Sasaki signed a Deed of Donation at the DSWD Central Office in Quezon City for the construction of 150 pieces of tents and 485 blue tarpaulin sheets worth 38 million Yen to help provide safe emergency shelters for the affected families.

Each tent has a floor area of 16 sqm. cotton canvass with galvanized steel for its post. It has a door in front and at the rear and a window on each side. The tent is also protected by a mosquito net with adjustable canvass. It is water and rot proof and ideal for a family of five members.

On the other hand, the multipurpose sheet is 50 meters long and four meters wide with heat sealing on all sides.

“I am deeply touched by the sense of understanding and support shown by the people of Japan to us Boholanos,” said Governor Chatto during the turn-over ceremony.

The group also visited the DSWD warehouse in Tubigon and the Tubigon West Central School,  one of the biggest evacuation centers in Bohol sheltering 162 families or 575 individuals as of October 31. (with reports from DSWD-Social Marketing Service)