A month after Typhoon Odette, Dinagat governor still lives in tent

1/29/2022 8:23:00 AM

Like Governor Arlene Bag-ao, thousands of Dinagat islanders continue to live in tents, mostly made out of tarpaulins sent by donors

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Like Governor Arlene Bag-ao, thousands of Dinagat islanders continue to live in tents, mostly made out of tarpaulins sent by donors. OdettePH

Like Governor Arlene Bag-ao, thousands of Dinagat islanders continue to live in tents, mostly made out of tarpaulins sent by donors

The IOM, a United Nations agency, sent the mission to Surigao City, Surigao del Norte, and Dinagat Islands on Monday, January 24, as part of its displacement tracking matrix assessment of 85 areas across provinces badly hit by the Odette.Dadey’s group identified the top needs in the typhoon-ravaged areas: shelter, return to homes, relocation, and livelihood.

Jeff Cristostomo, capitol spokesperson, said Bag-ao chose to live in a tent because that was her best choice.“She does not want to be above anyone. If people were living in tents, she wants to live in one too as a display of solidarity,” Crisostomo told Rappler on Saturday, January 29.

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January 25, 2022 The IOM, a United Nations agency, sent the mission to Surigao City, Surigao del Norte, and Dinagat Islands on Monday, January 24, as part of its displacement tracking matrix assessment of 85 areas across provinces badly hit by the Odette.Share Your Extras .Alegria’s local government on Thursday, January 27 announced through social media that negotiations were now ongoing between them and owners of properties that were initially identified as possible locations for the relocation site..

Dadey’s group identified the top needs in the typhoon-ravaged areas: shelter, return to homes, relocation, and livelihood. Jeff Cristostomo, capitol spokesperson, said Bag-ao chose to live in a tent because that was her best choice. Shoppers can drop off their pre-loved clothes or purchase new ones for donation at any of branches from January 15 to February 15 in Metro Manila, and February 1 to 28 at the rest of the branches nationwide. “She does not want to be above anyone. The local government unit (LGU) there, however, said a lot of families in their locality remained homeless. If people were living in tents, she wants to live in one too as a display of solidarity,” Crisostomo told Rappler on Saturday, January 29. This can be redeemed at their next single-receipt purchase of a minimum of P1,000-worth of select items in-store or via Call To Deliver. Like the governor, thousands of islanders continued to live in tents, mostly made out of tarpaulins sent by donors.

Still, some families get wet whenever it rains because they have nothing over their roofless shelters. The clothes should be gently used and in good, wearable condition, without holes or damages.) As a result, Alegria Mayor Verna Magallon and Vice Mayor Gilberto Magallon called for a meeting with national government agencies such as DPWH and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and construction companies to discuss their proposal to put up a permanent relocation site for displaced individuals. “Also, the governor needs to be near the provincial government. Her family’s damaged home is far from San Jose and there is no available house to rent near the capitol where she is needed most,” Crisostomo said. Remember that your donations will go to communities that have lost access to basic needs. Aside from supervising the rehabilitation work and the distribution of relief aid, Bag-ao has to keep community kitchens running while performing her administrative tasks as provincial government executive in a makeshift office built in a garage. RELATED STORIES. Odette did not spare the provincial capitol. Avoid donating suits, gowns, uniforms, and costumes.

It destroyed major capitol buildings and substantially damaged several others, prompting Bag-ao to order makeshift offices set up at the capitol garage in Barangay Caurinta, San Jose. An estimated 300 capitol workers cram in the makeshift offices daily to facilitate continuous government functions, according to Josel Gonzales, Bag-ao’s chief of staff, in an earlier interview. For the safety of the people handling and receiving your donations, clean the clothes first and try to remove spots or stains. As relief aid continued to pour in Dinagat Islands this week, the government’s coronavirus task force placed Alert Level 3 from January 28 to February 15, a move that baffled the capitol that noted no alarming increase in COVID-19 infections in the group of islands. Other provinces placed under Alert Level 3 until February 15 are Palawan, Camiguin, Davao Occidental, Tawi-Tawi, and Sulu. Check the pockets. Exactly how the more restrictive alert level would affect the flow of donations in February remains to be seen.

Cristostomo said the provincial government has started rehabilitation efforts but officials and residents were faced with the challenge posed by the high cost of construction materials. Share Your Extras. The IOM and the Coast Guard in northeastern Mindanao brought some construction materials to help in recovery and rehabilitation initiatives in the province, but officials said they need more. And while local officials have been slowly shifting their focus to rehabilitation, they have to sustain community kitchens set up by the provincial government in various villages. Bag-ao announced that the provincial government would pilot test a food voucher program in three towns using part of the cash donations that it collected. “Once proven effective, we will expand to other sectors among citizens,” she said.

The plan is to distribute food vouchers, each valued at P300, to enable residents to buy specific food and goods for hygiene from capitol-accredited stores in several municipalities.  “This is one of our efforts to move on from relief to recovery,” said Bag-ao. “This initiative also seeks to bring back the vibrance of our local economy after the onslaught of Odette.” Gonzales said another challenge is how to fully restore the supply of electricity and telecommunications signals that were cut off on the day of Odette’s landfall. Some 25% of the electric supply has been restored but only in key areas of Dinagat.

Telecommunication signals were also back but only in certain areas, according to Crisostomo. – Rappler.com .