Surigao groups conduct relief drive for ‘Yolanda’ victims

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/11 November)—Various groups here have appealed for donations for victims of super typhoon “Yolanda” in the provinces of Leyte and Samar.

Local radio stations affiliated with the Kapisanan ng mga Broadcasters Ng Pilipinas (KBP) have been airing Monday morning calls for help to the typhoon victims.

In Tacloban City, Leyte, typhoon victims, media reports said, have resorted to looting stores due to lack of medicine, water and food to eat.

Jun Galleon, station manager of RPN-DXKS and an official of KBP-Surigao Chapter, said they have been receiving goods and cash donations from generous individuals in the city.

He said that REACT-Surigao and KBP-Surigao have jointly launched “Operation Tabang para sa mga Typhoon Yolanda Victims.”

Galleon said the cash they will receive would be used to buy more goods.

A donor who requested anonymity gave P20,000 cash Monday for the typhoon victims, he said.

Rice, drinking water, medicines, noodles, canned goods or clothes can be dropped anytime at our office located in Capitol corner Rizal Streets, Galleon said.

He said three vehicles are now ready to transport the donated goods on Thursday to Tacloban City.

The Regional Emergency Assistance Communications Team-Surigao City Chapter is also helping in the relief effort. Before Yolanda hit last Friday, this group was blaring out warnings in the city from sound systems installed in their vehicles.

Various individuals are also forming a group here to help victims in Homonhon Island in Eastern Samar.

James Condrada said they are organizing the group to give assistance to the island that had not been reportedly reached by relief operations as of Monday morning.

“It’s been days now that people there have not been eating; no communications, no boats have reached the island so far,” he said.

Condrada, who used to live in Homonhon Island, said they also need a boat to transport the goods and volunteers to the area.

The Junior Chamber International-Surigao Chapter has also launched a relief drive for the typhoon victims in Tacloban. (Roel N. Catoto/MindaNews)