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Thousands of flood victims to receive aid from city government

20187422_10209188350649191_1245719661_oAbout 12,000 families in Cotabato City, who are affected by flooding due to the recent heavy rainfall, will be receiving food and non food aid from the city government.

The Office on Social Welfare and Development Services is set to deploy its staff to the 20 barangays in

the city that are submerged in water to distribute food packs and further validate the situation of the households that are affected. Barangays Poblacion 7 and 9 are the ones that are mostly affected with over 1,900 and 1,300 households flooded, respectively.

Other barangays affected are: Barangay Poblacion Mother with 1,214 families, Poblacion 1 with 1,031 families, Poblacion 2 with 883 families, Poblacion 3 with 301 families, Poblacion 8 with 1,045 families, Rosary Heights 2 with 20 families Rosary Heights 3 with 567 families, Rosary Heights 5 with 55 families, Rosary Heights 6 with 72 families, Rosary Heights 7 with 128 families, Rosary Heights 8 with 566 families, Rosary Heights 9 with 444 families, Tamontaka Mother with 684 families, Tamontaka 2 with 510 families, Tamontaka 3 with 527 families, Tamontaka 4 with 750 families, Tamontaka 5 with 354 families, and Bagua 3 with 430 families.

Dozens of families have also evacuated to higher areas and to the identified evacuation centers in their barangays; most of them are from the riverbanks and other low lying areas in the city. In a meeting of the barangays chairpersons with City Mayor Atty. Frances Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi and other concerned departments of the government, the officials have identified several items that must be distributed to the victims as soon as possible. These include food packs, ointment for itching, medicines for common colds and cough, portalets, tarpaulins and lumber to build temporary shelters.

10 schools are also flooded, causing the suspension of classes in some areas. These are: Diocolano Elementary School, Datu Kalantungan Sema Elementary School, MB Mohammadali Elementary School, Pagalamatan Elementary School, Usman Baunga Elementary School, Muamad Elementary School, J. Marquez Elementary School, J. Marquez National High School, and Datu Siang Elementary School. But for the Notre Dame Village National High School, shifting of classes will be implemented instead of a total suspension. The City Schools Division of Cotabato City will also be introducing the Education in Emergency program of the Department of Education that is especially created for crisis situations. In this program, the teachers will gather all students in one area, regardless of their levels, and hold special classes altogether. These classes, though, are not like the regular ones but are already modified only to fill in the number of days required by the department.

City Social Welfare Officer Cheribin Viloria said the city government has already partially distributed relief packs and tarpaulins to several barangays but is set to augment these to cater to the other home-based victims.

“We have already made contact with our partners in the private sector for them to accommodate our emergency requests for rice and other food items”, Viloria said.

The city government aims for zero casualties in this crisis which is why all the barangays officials are directed to continuously monitor their areas and assist in the evacuation of the victims. City Mayor Atty. Frances Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi also gave warning to those living along riverbanks to follow forced evacuation orders for their own safety.

“We will be implementing forced evacuations giving priority to our senior citizens, children, and pregnant women who are living along riverbanks. Ayaw nating may masama pang mangyari sa ating mga kababayan bago pa tayo gagawa ng aksyon kaya hinihiling ko ang kooperasyon ng lahat”, the lady mayor said.

Cotabato City is called the catch basin of Central Mindanao. Every time the areas in the upstream experience heavy rainfall, all the water go down to the Rio Grande de Mindanao, causing it to overflow. Aside from water, other silt materials and water hyacinth fill the river, hampering the normal flow of water.

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