More survivors to arrive in Davao

Subscribe Now November 18, 2013 at 08:24am

SURVIVORS of typhoon-stricken provinces in Eastern Visayas are finding their way in Davao City, with more expected to arrive on Monday.

“Welcome sila hastang ilang mayor kung mouban diri (They are welcome, including their mayors should they want to come here). We have to embrace them, welcome them because they are in need,” Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said in an interview during the send-off of the second batch of search and rescue team to Tacloban City.

Liwayway Caligdong, assistant chief of the City Social Services and Development Office (CSSDO), said she is yet to confirm the number of survivors who are expected to be at the Central 911 office in Davao by 6 a.m. Monday.

"Maybe, there will be 50 families or individuals," she said.

Last Friday, eight families, or more than 20 individuals, arrived in the city and were taken to Ateneo de Davao University (Addu), where they had psychological debriefing and medical check-up.

Caligdong said some survivors were taken to their relatives in the city.

In his Facebook post, Jeremy "Bong" Eliab, executive assistant to the president of Addu, said most of the evacuees were children.

"I am shocked to see the surivors from Leyte who are now here in Ateneo, 90 percent are kids," he posted.

He said Chippens also fed all 29 of them on Friday night. Addu had also given them each a gallon of water, food packs, and hygiene kits.

"We will do if asked (to help)," he said of the more survivors coming to the city today, Monday.

The second batch will also get assistance and debriefing.

Duterte, in his program "Gikan sa Masa, Para sa Masa" aired Sunday on ABS-CBN, said he does not have any doubts about giving the survivors financial aid.

The mayor, however, said that it is up to the City Council on how much should the local lawmakers appropriate based on the city's resources.

He said cash donations are better coursed through organizations extending help as the city does not want to "tinker with money."

"For all Filipinos, Davao will always be a place of sanctuary," he said.

"(We) will provide (assistance) somehow. I will situate them with their relatives," he added.

The death toll in the hard hit Eastern Visayas region rose to 3,976, according to NDRRMC's 6 p.m. Sunday report.

The NDRRMC said 1,590 remain missing, while 18,175 were reported injured.

Meanwhile, the total cost of damage due to the typhoon was pegged at P10.3 billion.


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