The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) will be extending assistance to Local Government Units and families affected by the October 29 and 31 earthquakes that hit most parts of Mindanao.
In a statement issued on November 3, PCSO announced financial assistance of P10 million to the provinces of North Cotabato and Davao del Sur to cover the needs of affected individuals and families in Kidapawan (P1 million), Magpet (P1 million), Makilala (P3 million), Tulunan (P1 million), Digos City (P1 million), Bansalan (P1 million), Magsaysay (P1 million) and Matanao (P1 million).
The identified areas may also utilize PCSO’s assistance to purchase provision for shelter (tents) on top of the usual items such as medicines, bottled water, food and sanitation/hygiene kits.
PCSO General Manager Royina Garma said on top of the P10 million assistance to be given to the eight cities and municipalities in Mindanao, they will also be giving P100,000 worth of medicines each to the municipalities of Makilala and Magsaysay through the Medicine Donation Program.
In addition, PCSO will also provide financial assistance to individuals affected by calamities/disasters under its existing Individual Medical Assistance Program or IMAP.
Through the PCSO’s Calamity Assistance Program of the Charity Assistance Department, the Agency aims to augment the resources of the LGUs to provide financial assistance to individuals and families affected by natural and man-made calamities.
Garma said their branch offices in Mindanao are regularly and closely coordinating with the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) for any aid they may be able to immediately send to the affected areas.
In its statement, PCSO said the assistance may be utilized for food needs/feeding projects for displaced families in evacuation centers/temporary shelters and for the procurement of medicines/medical supplies necessary for the conduct of health-related activities for disease prevention and treatment among the affected population, including water and hygiene/sanitation requirements.
These various charitable programs of PCSO seek to mitigate the sufferings of our fellow Filipinos in Mindanao as they recover from the devastation brought by the recent earthquakes.
Meanwhile, the Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) is calling for an orderly disaster relief response in order to attend to the needs of the different affected communities inclusively and equitably.
The EastMinCom is calling and appealing to those who wants to help and provide relief assistance to follow the established protocol of Incident Command System as provided by RA 10121 also known as “An Act Strengthening the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management System, Providing for the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Plan”.
In a statement, EastMinCom encouraged individuals to course through the established Incident Command Post (ICP) in every municipality for proper accounting, deployment and monitoring.
The said mechanism will also prevent chaos in the affected communities and discourage unscrupulous individuals to carry out their individual intent by taking advantage of the situation.
The EastMInCom also extends its appreciation to the response of different individuals, families, groups, companies and organizations who provided assistance to the affected communities.
Together with the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), different Local Government Units and Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (DRRMC) of the different areas affected by the earthquake, it is the intent of EastMinCom to have a synchronized, orderly, organized and needs-based conduct of relief operations in order to attend to the needs of the different affected communities inclusively and equitably.