DOST and Government Agencies Support Communities Affected by “Odette” in Caraga

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The Association of Regional Directors of National Agencies in Region XI (Arena XI) organized relief operations to help families and communities affected by Supertyphoon Odette (international codename Rai) in December.

The super typhoon devastated parts of Visayas and Mindanao a week before Christmas, affecting more than 7 million people.

It caused damage of 11.1 billion pesos to crops and farmland and another 17.5 billion pesos to homes, roads and infrastructure, according to the latest government data.

Employees from different National Government Agencies (NGAs) provided support to families affected by Odette through the Arena XI donation campaign on December 28, 2021.

Donations collected included water, gallons of water, rice, canned food, hygiene kits, clothing and materials for temporary shelter.

Relief items were distributed by the following agencies in Region XI: Departments of Science and Technology, Health, Energy, Land Reform (DAR), Commerce and Industry, education and public works and highways; Fire Protection Bureau, National Economy and Development Authority, Audit Commission, National Housing Authority, Plant Industry Bureau-National Research, Development and Production Support Center des cultures de Davao, Multipurpose Cooperative of Regional DAR Employees, Professional Regulation Commission and Bureau of Civil Protection La Défense.

Arena XI President Dr. Anthony C. Sales, who is also the Regional Director of DOST XI, led the second batch of Arena XI donation revenue to OCD XI on December 29, 2021, which has transported to the Caraga region for distribution to affected communities. .

“Thank you to all the NGAs who have lent their support to this endeavour. From vaccinating to collecting donations, we are ready to offer help and develop initiatives to support our people during this difficult time,” said Dirty.

In October 2021, Arena XI also donated material support to Persons Deprived of Liberty (PDL) at facilities operated by the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology XI.

“Due to their environmental conditions, hygiene kits are a necessity, especially PDLs are very susceptible to contracting Covid-19. This is one way to address the lack of basic PDL supplies while going through this pandemic,” Sales added.

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