More assistance for fire victims from Celso as Red Cross exec PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 28 June 2016 12:10

By DEXTER YAP

Congressman and Red Cross Governor Celso Lobregat joined Philippine Red Cross Zamboanga OIC-Administrator Jo Fernandez, the PRC Staff and volunteers in giving relief assistance to Sta. Catalina fire victims last Sunday.

Heavy rains did not deter the governor and volunteers from conducting a feeding program for children as well as distribution of non-food items like used clothings and personal hygiene kits to all the fire victims temporarily sheltered at Don GEMS Elementary School.

While in the process of distributing relief items, Lobregat noticed the presence of young children roaming around without any clothes, prompting the solon to gather them in one corner and gave them clothes and candies which made the children smile.

Sunday’s even was part of the series of relief distributions initiated by Lobregat in his capacity as elected official setting aside political boundaries.

Earlier, Lobregat sought the assistance of Department of Social Welfare and Development IX (DSWD) Regional Director Atty. Araceli Solamillo for the additional distribution of relief goods. Initially, non-food items like plates and glasses were prepared for distribution on Saturday, which was followed the next day by the distribution of personal hygiene kits to more than 4,600 individuals.

Assisting in the distribution were Councilors BG Guingona and Ismael Musa and incoming Councilor Lilibeth Macrohon-Nuño.

The solon said that aside from what he has distributed, he also personally called PRC chairman Richard Gordon for the distribution of more food and non-food items for the victims which will come from the PRC National Headquarters.

Lobregat together with DOLE earlier also facilitated the fielding of some 30 male evacuees for emergency employment under the Congressional Special Project Fund dubbed as “Tulong Panghanapbuhay Sa Ating Disadvantages Workers) wherein they were recommended by the barangay to help maintain cleanliness and sanitation at Don  GEMS evacuation center. — Dexter Yap