Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Relocation Sites for Sendong Typhoon Victims

Relocation Sites for Sendong Typhoon Victims
by Precie Catherine C. Cuarto

The government is preparing safe relocation sites for the victims of tropical storm 'Sendong,' an official from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said Wednesday.

According to Cdr. Edgardo J. Ollet, Chief of NDRRMC-Office of Civil Defense, 49,441 families or 276,400 persons are staying in evacuation centers as of this morning.

As part of President Bengino S. Aquino III's thrust for poverty alleviation, Ollet said a cluster was formed to take charge of the relocation procedures to ensure that survivors will have a humane living condition after the deluge.

The cluster is composed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development, National Housing Authority, Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and local government units (LGUs).

Ollet said President Aquino's order was not to let anyone go back to the hazard-prone areas. Public lands which will be granted by LGUs to survivors will be further examined by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau of DENR to ensure that the soil is safe from liquefaction and possible landslide.

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