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PRO 11, Task Force Davao call for help for quake victims

November 13, 2019 - Wednesday 6:11 PM by Ruth Palo

Article Banner Image FILL-UP. A girl, together with other evacuees, refills a plastic gallon with drinking water from the Pan-Inom Philippine Red Cross drinking water station at the Malasila Elementary School evacuation center for the quake-hit residents of Makilala in North Cotabato. KENNETH PAUL SENARILLOS

DAVAO CITY -- The Police Regional Office (PRO) 11 called on the public to donate relief goods such as potable water and tents for the victims of the series of earthquakes in Davao del Sur.

Based on the data from the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) 11, the most affected areas by the earthquakes in Davao del Sur are the municipalities of Matanao, Magsaysay, and Bansalan.

PRO 11 director Brigadier General Filmore Escobal ordered his personnel to render assistance in clearing operations in the affected areas to ensure smooth traffic flow for the faster delivery of medical assistance, supplies, and relief goods especially to residents who were evacuated to safer ground.

“We are calling for more relief goods for us to reach the victims in need most especially in remote barangays,” Escobal said.

Escobal said several individuals and groups were able to give their donations to the different police stations in the region.

Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel also donated some clothes and clean water to the quake hit areas in Region 11.

Last week, the PNP headed by Officer-in- charge (OIC) Lieutenant General Archie Francisco Gamboa led the distribution of relief items to affected areas in Magsaysay, Davao del Sur.

Gamboa also visited PNP members who were affected by the quake to ensure that their morale is still high despite the situation.

"Having this kind of activity embodies the ideals of being a true Filipino. Yung ugali ng pagtutulungan ang nanaig (The value of giving help surfaces). It is nice to see several people working and pooling resources together to help the less fortunate ones," Escobal said.

All the donations are being coordinated with OCD 11 and the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) 

“All police offices in the region are open 24/7. You can coordinate to them if you wish to help,” Escobal said. 

Task Force Davao commander Colonel Consolito Yecla on Wednesday also encouraged the public to extend help to the victims of the calamity.

“I encouraged the people to continue pouring your support to quake victims,” he said.

Task Force Davao headquarters was designated through the directive of City Mayor Sara Duterte as a consolidation area for relief operations.

Yecla was also tasked by the mayor as the overall in charge of the distribution and repacking of relief goods.

Yecla organized the “Oplan Tabang” to consolidate, repack, and distribute relief goods from the residents of Davao City to the quake victims.