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Be smart about donating, says Taytay Mayor Joric Gacula

Jan 17, 2020 @ 10:21

Taytay Mayor Joric Gacula is happy to see the outpouring of donations for the evacuees from the Taal Volcano eruption.

But Gacula also shared some advice on how people can make sure they give what the evacuees really need.

On Facebook, he shared a post from a friend explaining that it is crucial to coordinate with the people on the ground to check on what is crucial for the displaced residents, especially to avoid the surplus of certain supplies.

Evacuees’ needs also change, it noted.

The post said basic relief items such as food and medicine will always be good, but there are certain items that a particular area would need more of.

It shared numbers of people who could be called to check what items are necessary.

Don’t be afraid to ask!

“The spirit of Bayanihan has been beautiful!

The shoutouts have brought about so much help for our brothers and sisters, who had left their homes in such a hurry, carrying hardly anything.

While this is such a good thing, please bear in mind that their needs can change from day to day. The concentration of relief items seem to be based on the shout outs. For instance, a call for mattresses, pillows, etc. had caused a shift of items being sent. It cannot be a bad thing. Help is help. However, there is a chance of building up a surplus of these supplies, and a chance that the immediate needs of the evacuees can change. But there is no doubt that they are at your mercy. So please keep sending help to them. Philvocs may lower the alert level after, at least, another week.

The basic relief items–rice, water, canned goods, hygienic products, etc.–will always be good. But it would be best, however, to get in touch with the people on the ground for a realtime idea of the evacuees’ needs.

In Lian, as of two days ago, there were 1,354 evacuees. Calatagan had over 2,000. Nasugbu counted 3,551. But the numbers have been increasing by the hour.

You may call the following for inquiries on current state of the bulk of evacuees in Lian:

Bagong Pook, DSWD Emmalyn Hernandez – 09656170501

Luyahan, Kap. Carmen Baroja – 09176835966

Matabungkay, DSWD Grace Rint – 09155915275/09194464603 or, DSWD Beverlyn Rivera – 09679040360

LCS, Daycare Worker Irene Morfe – 09554387558 or, Jesiela Quezon – 09357883728

Please note that, for cooked food, it is best to schedule with them. The Bayanihan over here has also consisted of animals being donated, slaughtered and cooked onsite. There are many volunteers from the respective neighborhoods who have been tirelessly lending the man-hours for this.

Thank you!

Posted by my LSGH Buddy from Batangas,” Gacula posted.

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