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Spokesperson Ernie Abella on the distribution of relief goods in Surigao

Spokesperson Ernie Abella on the distribution of relief goods in Surigao
The earthquake occurred Friday (February 10) evening and the local government unit of Surigao City, the first responder during disasters, declared a state of calamity on Saturday, February 11.
The DSWD Regional Director team arrived on Saturday to assess the damage and check the affected families.
They delivered the relief goods in Surigao from Butuan on Sunday. An inadequate distribution system initially hampered the distribution.

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The victims were already expecting the relief goods as early as 5 a.m., but the local government made a judgment call to wait for the President who arrived by 1 p.m.

Food packs were finally distributed around 2 p.m. after PRRD made the initial distribution.

DSWD Caraga officials, local government, barangay officials, and Surigao City Mayor successfully shared three thousand (3,000) family food packs after working out a more efficient distribution system.

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They welcome additional relief goods in Surigao, especially drinking water, as these items play a crucial role in assisting the affected families during these challenging times, and the DSWD and LGUs may receive them.

The timely response to the earthquake in Surigao City showcased the importance of efficient coordination and the need for improved distribution systems in disaster relief efforts. The delay in the distribution of relief goods due to the President’s arrival highlighted the complexities and challenges in managing such situations.

However, the collaborative efforts of DSWD Caraga officials, the local government, barangay officials, and Surigao City Mayor streamlined the distribution system, ensuring that relief goods reached those in need.

This incident serves as a reminder of the importance of preparedness and effective response mechanisms in the face of natural disasters.


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