Davao City, Davao de Oro send relief packs, help to Odette-hit areas - SunStar

Davao City, Davao de Oro send relief packs, help to Odette-hit areas

By Iona Finlay C. Mendoza

Relief operations for Odette victims continue to pour in as the public and private sector team up to donate food, water, and other essential goods.

Davao City and Davao de Oro sent relief packs containing food, water, hygiene kits, and clothes bound for typhoon-stricken areas in Mindanao and Visayas.

The relief packs are donations from local government units, private companies, and individuals.

According to the City Information Office of Davao, relief assistance teams left for Leyte and Cebu on December 19, Bohol on December 20, and Dinagat Islands and Negros Occidental on December 21.

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said that the relief aid reached 55 metric tons, the majority of which will be transported by land.

“Tubig, food packs at iba pang supplies ang ating ipinadala ngayon sa Cebu para sa mga naapektuhan ng bagyong Odette (We will send water, food packs, and other supplies to Cebu for the victims of typhoon Odette),” the mayor said in a facebook post on December 19.

Davao de Oro also held a send-off ceremony for the relief assistance teams leaving for Surigao del Norte, Siargao, and Dinagat Islands.

“Daghang tawo ang mitabang kanato kadtong panahon nga miatubang pud kita’g trahedya kaniadtong 2012. Katungdanan nato nga tabangan usab ang atong mga igsoon nga nanginahanglan sa atong pag-alalay,” said Davao de Oro Governor Tyron Uy, referring to the time when the province was badly hit by Typhoon Pablo nine years ago.

Meanwhile, 19 medical personnel from the Department of Health Davao Region Center for Health Development (DOH-DCHD), composed of nurses, social-behavioral experts, and two doctors were deployed to Caraga Region.

DOH-DCHD Regional Director Dr. Annabelle P. Yumang led the send-off ceremony for the team on Thursday. ICM

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