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Relief goods for Taal-hit areas on the way from Davao

January 16, 2020 - Thursday 6:01 PM by Ruth Palo

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DAVAO CITY -- Around 8,000 food packs and other non-food items have already been transported by Davao City to families affected by the eruption of Taal Volcano in Batangas.

Davao City’s Oplan Tabang team composed of 43 individuals from the City Mayor’s Office, City Information Office, City Engineer’s Office, Central 911, Public Safety and Security Command Center, Davao City Police Office, and Task Force Davao left the city on Wednesday to travel by land to deliver the assistance for the families who have been staying in temporary shelters in Batangas since Sunday.

Task Force Davao Commander Colonel Consolito Yecla, whose unit has been tasked to receive, repack, and distribute relief goods, said apart from food packs, the city also sent 1,800 of blankets, 400 bed mats, 140 towels, 40 mosquito nets, 105 sacks of assorted used clothes, 800 school bags with school supply items, 9,200 cans of ready-to-eat meals, 4 cartons of assorted medicines, 1,412 toothbrushes, 1,000 bath soaps, and 792 shampoos. 

Yecla said the team utilized nine civilian vehicles to transport the relief goods intended for volcanic eruption victims in Calaca, Tanauan, Santo Tomas, and Tagaytay municipalities of Batangas. 

The team is expected to reach evacuation centers on Friday, January 17, 2020.

"Oplan Tabang is not merely a relief operation but giving services to the people at the right time and place to those who needed it most, even to the farthest nautical miles of the country,” Yecla said.

Yecla told the Mirror that TF Davao is still accepting donations for victims of the Taal Volcano eruption.

“We are still waiting for Mayor Sara’s directive as to the next batch of the relief goods delivery,” he said.