ARMM to help in rehab works for Yolanda victims PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 14 November 2013 14:30

The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao will dispatch to Tacloban City its Humanitarian Emergency Assistance and Relief Team (HEART) to help residents dislocated by  the onslaught of supertyphoon Yolanda.

ARMM regional executive secretary Laisa Alamia said they now have 3,000 food packs composed of rice, instant noodles, and canned sardines, and medical supplies from the region’s Department of Health and its component provincial health offices in the provinces.

Alamia said the ARMM’s Department of Social Welfare and Development and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources also provided relief supplies for the typhoon victims.

The HEART is an inter-agency emergency group operating under the joint supervision of Alamia and ARMM Gov. Mujiv Hataman.

“The consensus is to send the team to Tacloban City and, perhaps, after extending relief services to displaced residents there, proceed to surrounding provinces that were also affected by the typhoon,” Alamia said.

The HEART was among the emergency groups that first responded to the massive dislocation of villagers by the hostilities in Zamboanga City last September between government forces and recalcitrant followers of the now fugitive Nur Misuari, founder of the Moro National Liberation Front.

Alamia said the ARMM government, through HEART, will start transporting before weekend food and non-food provisions to typhoon-ravaged areas in the Visayas.

Hataman said he had asked the business community in the autonomous region, which covers the adjoining mainland Mindanao provinces of Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur, the island provinces of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi, to help the typhoon victims.

“We are in solidarity with them and we in ARMM are praying and hoping the affected areas will rise again and fully recover sooner than we expect,” Hataman said.