Davao del Sur quake victims get aid

Party list representative Claudine “Dendee” Bautista personally distributes relief bags to earthquake victims of Davao del Sur. Beside her is Chinese Consul General Li Lin. Adz Morrell photo

Partylist Representative Claudine “Dendee” Bautista in partnership with the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Davao on Saturday, November 9, initiated a relief distribution in most affected parts of Davao del Sur.

Bautista said she believe that areas in her province is receiving less help than the other provinces affected by the earthquakes.
“Areas here in Davao del Sur are near the Tulunan where the epicenter of the powerful earthquake, so ibig sabihin malakas ang epekto nun sa mga lugar dito but as we can see almost majority of the help is going to Makilala kaya naisip namin to help our neighbors here in Davao del Sur,” Bautista said.

The relief operations were conducted in three Municipalities of Davao del Sur including Bansalan, Matanoa and Magsaysay.

Chinese Consul General Li Lin said they have raised around P4million courtesy of friendship from the Chinese people.

Apart from the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Davao, Davao Fil-Chinese Multi-Sectoral Association, China Road and Bridge Corporation, CSCBC Philippines Branch, and CCCC Highway Consultants Co., Ltd bankrolled the budget for the relief operation.

Lin said the monetary raised from the Chinese people were converted to daily essentials such as water, food, towels, and hygiene kits among others.

The operation was ushered by the Local Government Units (LGU)s and the 10th Infantry Division, 1002nd Brigade, and 73rd Infantry Brigade of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

Bautista and Lin personally handed the relief goods to the people and held dialogues with the victims.

Bautista bared that her father Davao Occidental Governor Claude Bautista bought 2.8 hectares of land from his own pocket and donated it for the building of relocation sites for victims of the calamity since there was no assurance if the evacuees can still return home.

The Congresswoman also said she sets her sight in tapping private and government sectors to help fund for the relocations sites.