By JEOFFREY MHAR LARUA
TABUK CITY, Kalinga — The Cordillera Disaster Response and Development Services (CordisRDS) with its provincial partners reached out to victims of Typhoon Lawin in Kalinga and Apayao.
With its provincial partners, Save Apayao People’s Organization (SAPO) and Timpuyog ti Mannalon ti Kalinga (TMK), CordisRDS rendered assistance to typhoon-wrecked areas and delivered initial relief assistance.
Around 523 families in Tabuk’s Sucbot, Pinukpuk, San Juan and Cabaruan villages, and 413 in Ipil and Agbannawag received rice assistance through the Relief Delivery O (RDO) during its first drive. While in Conner, Apayao, 161 families received food packs and cash grants.
According to CordisRDS, the communities served by their relief drive were selected based on monitoring and assessment made by the agency and their partner organizations on the extent of damages.
The initial assistance provided, according to them, is quite minimal compared to the damage incurred on agriculture and other livelihood sources that might take many months to recover.
The RDO, including its monitoring counterparts, were the end-results of the Emergency Preparedness Planning Workshop for Northern Luzon last September 27-29.
CordisRDS mobilized less vulnerable sectors such as students, businessmen, and other professionals to provide damage assessment, needs analysis, and necessary manpower for the relief operation. # nordis.net