NegOcc receives firewood for victims of Typhoon Odette

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SHELTER ASSISTANCE. Representatives from Negros Occidental Province led by Provincial Disaster Management Program Division Chief Zeaphard Caelian receive donated timber from Iloilo Province during handover rites held at Panaad Park and Stadium in the city of Bacolod on Friday, May 13, 2022). The assistance was facilitated by the Office of Civil Defense in partnership with the Western Visayas Department of Environment and Natural Resources. (Photo courtesy of Western Visayas Civil Defense Bureau)

THE CITY OF BACOLOD — The provincial government of Negros Occidental received some 42,400 board feet of timber from the Office of Civil Defense-Western Visayas (OCD-6) on Friday that will be used for shelter needs for Negrens affected by Typhoon Odette.

The timber was sourced from mahogany and gmelina trees felled at the National Government Dam Project site in Calinog, Iloilo.

Cindy Ferrer, OCD-6’s information officer, said they have facilitated this type of assistance for the first time in partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

“This underscores the strong partnership of government agencies in the rehabilitation and recovery efforts of typhoon victims,” ​​she added.

During the handover rites held at Panaad Park and Stadium here, the donated wood was received by Provincial Disaster Management Program Division Chief Zeaphard Caelian through the Operations Section Chief OCD-6 , Melissa Banias, and Forester III Philip Lechoncito of the DENR. -City of Bago.

Beneficiaries include the cities of Kabankalan, Sipalay and San Carlos as well as the municipalities of Ilog and Hinoba-an, which will each receive more than 8,000 board feet.

Ferrer said the wood from Iloilo will complement shelter materials provided by relevant local government units and other stakeholders.

“It will really help to rebuild the houses of the affected families,” she added.

The towns of Kabankalan and Sipalay as well as the towns of Ilog and Hinoba-an, all located in the sixth district of southern Negros, were the most affected in the Western Visayas during the onslaught of Typhoon Odette on December 16. . (NAP)


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