The Philippine Red Cross last week rendered its final report on its relief intervention in the province of Catanduanes following the destruction wrought by typhoon Nina last Dec. 25, 2016.
In his report, PRC Catanduanes Chapter board chairman Gabriel Tejerero stated that a total of 710 families, composed of 1,542 individuals, received food rations comprising 5 kilos of rice, 4 canned goods and 4 noodles good for 2-3 days consumption. The recipients of the food items were from 3 barangays in Bato and 2 barangays in Virac.
Another 982 families from 6 barangays in Bato and 7 villages in Baras also got non-food items, with each pack composed of 2 pieces each of tarpaulin, plastic mat, blanket, mosquito net, and collapsible 10-liter jerry can, as well as a box of hygiene kit good enough to last 5 persons for a month.
Chairman Tejerero disclosed that the Red Cross also distributed a total of 487 solar lamps in the three far-flung villages of Dugui Too, Dugui San Vicente and Dugui San Isidro in Virac by the end of January this year. Nearly 600 residents of the three barangays also received used clothing from the chapter.
A donation of doll shoes and tennis shoes from Norway also benefited 2,560 students of 42 secondary schools in the entire province at 64 pairs each, with only those allotted for Pandan School of Arts and Trades and Mayngaway National High School yet to be distributed.
Just days after the typhoon, the Red Cross began deploying a water tanker with a capacity of 10,000 liters and another of 13,000 liter-capacity to Virac and San Andres, particularly in barangays where residents had no source of safe, potable water after the storm damaged or destroyed water systems.
All told, Tejerero stated, the water tankers delivered 23,000 liters and assisted in filling up water bladders installed by Red Cross water sanitation teams in barangays Palta Big, Tubaon and Balite in Virac, and Mayngaway and Tibang in San Andres with a total of 241,000 liters in over two months of operation. Three of the water bladders had a capacity of 5,000 liters while two others had 3,500 liters and 10,000 liters, respectively. A water tanker remains deployed in the capital town of Virac upon request of local health officials to serve residents of barangays where cases of acute water gastroenteritis had been reported.
Chairman Tejerero lauded the chapter staff and volunteers headed by administrator Reymund Reginaldo for their dedication to the humanitarian task and likewise expressed gratitude to the PRC national headquarters and its donors for the assistance and relief items.