The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) has tapped the private sector for support in the transportation of relief goods from its warehouses to the earthquake affected areas in Regions XI and XII.
With assistance from the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF), OCD was able to secure the services of the UPS for the air and sea transport of 2,000 tarpaulins free of charge. These tarpaulins will augment existing stocks to help ease the situation of families affected by the series of earthquakes in Mindanao.
The loading of said relief items took place on Friday evening, 22 November 2019, at the warehouse in AFP Logistics Command Center, Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City. The items will be transported to Davao City through a cargo ship consigned by UPS for distribution later to affected sites.
OCD Administrator Undersecretary Ricardo B. Jalad, PDRF Executive Director Veronica Gabaldon, and UPS’ Freight Forwarding Operations Manager Ms. Evelyn Abreu witnessed the loading and discussed the strategic partnership while signing the bill of lading.
Undersecretary Jalad said that OCD is grateful for the support its partners from the private sector has been giving to help victims of the Mindanao earthquake. “We thank the UPS for this much-needed assistance in the transport of relief items which comes at no cost to the government,” he remarked.
The OCD also initiated the conduct of inter-agency meetings on 21 and 22 November 2019 at the NDRRM Operations Center to discuss the rehabilitation and recovery of earthquake-stricken areas in Regions XI and XII.
OCD Regional Office XI reported in said meeting that it led the assessment and validation of the proposed relocation sites for 1,487 families in Magsaysay, Davao del Sur last 14 and 20 November 2019. Other members of the validation team included MGB, NHA, DILG, PIA, and DSWD. Relocation sites in Upper Bala (4 hectares), Malongon (2 has.), Maibo (4 has), Balnate Purok 1 (2 has.), Balnate Purok 2 (3.2 has.), San Miguel Purok 1 (2 has.), San Miguel Purok 2 or 3 (1.8 has.), Malawanit (2.8 has.), Bacungan (3.9 has.), and Poblacion (2.5 has.), all in Magsaysay, Davao del Sur were identified.
OCD XII likewise deployed Rapid Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis (RDANA) teams and led ocular visits to the following proposed relocation sites for the evacuees in Cotabato province:
Leal property, Brgy. Ilomavis (3 has.)
Bulatukan, Brgy. Ilomavis (5 has.)
Brgy. Balabag (5 has.)
Purok 5, Brgy New Esperanza (1 ha.)
Purok 4, Brgy Lepaga (less than 1 ha.)
Sitio Waterfalls, Brgy Bongolanon (2 has.)
Purok 5, Brgy New Caridad (2 has.)
Purok Lidama, Brgy New Caridad (3 has.)
Sentro, Bacong (less than 1 ha.)
Purok 1, Brgy Bituan (5 has.)
Purok 1, Sentro, Batang (less than 1 ha.)
Purok 7, Brgy Paraiso (21 has.)
Purok 1, Brgy Magbok (4.8075 has.)
Purok 5 (less than 1 ha.), Purok 3 (4 has.), and Purok 6 (5.34 has.) in Brgy Daig
Only specific portions of these barangays are being considered for relocation as the rest are classified as “high risk” areas.
Meanwhile, OCD sustains its humanitarian relief activities in the areas affected by the earthquakes such as continuous provision of food and non-food items, giving of financial assistance to the victims, and augmenting personnel for relief operations. To date, a total of Php 25,275,000.50 worth of assistance was provided by the OCD for relief operations in Regions XI and XII. It will continue its coordinating activities with relevant agencies for the rehabilitation and recovery of the earthquake-stricken areas.