2,000 families in Boston town receives relief assistance

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DAVAO ORIENTAL – The Provincial Government has distributed food packs to some 2,000 families in three villages of Boston town during a relief distribution on February 1, 2017.

These families were among those affected by the heavy floods and landslides brought about by the tail-end of a cold front.

Among the barangays that received aid on Wednesday’s relief distribution are Sibajay, Cabasagan and Poblacion.

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Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang, who led the distribution, said that the provision of food packs is only one of the Provincial Government’s interventions to help disaster-affected families, who are mostly depending on farming as a source of income.

He said that in the ensuing days, the Provincial Government through aid from the national government will be sending agricultural support to the affected farmers through provision of planting materials such as seeds, farming implements, and equipment among others, thus, helping them recuperate on the damages caused by the floods to their crops and livestock.

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Governor Dayanghirang and Boston town Mayor Rebecco Rosit lead the distribution of food packs.

“Although heavy rains have subsided, it will take time before the residents will fully recover. And the Provincial Government will make sure that all available resources are tapped in order to provide these affected families the aid they need,” he said. “We assure our constituents that we in the Provincial Government will not abandon them in this time of crisis,” he said.

“Although we have suffered a lot of damages during the disaster, we are still thankful that aid came and that there is assurance of support coming from the national government,” he said.

During the distribution of food packs, Governor Dayanghirang called on to the residents’ cooperation with the local authorities and officials by heeding to weather advisories and warnings during disasters. He also told them to comply with the local government in securing Community Tax Certificate or Cedula, a document proving they are citizens of the town, thus, making identification and distribution of relief goods easier, faster and more efficient.  

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Soldiers  from the 67th Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army helping in the relief distribution

“As law-abiding citizens, it is your obligation to comply with the policies of government. We have to become organized as disasters seems to already frequent our province and we have to be always prepared,” he said.

Based on the data from Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) that the Provincial Government has already distributed 15,504 food packs to Boston and Cateel towns. It is also set to deliver relief goods to families in other towns affected by floods and landslides.

Each food pack contains 5 kilos rice, four cans of sardines, 3 cans of corned beef, and 6 sachets of coffee.

Boston town is among the first towns in the province to declare a state of calamity.

 

 

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