23 December 2011
Sen. Pia reads, brings cheers to ‘Sendong’ kids
Senator Pia S. Cayetano led relief operations for the victims of typhoon ‘Sendong’ on Wednesday in Cagayan De Oro City, one of the areas worst hit by flashfloods brought by the tropical cyclone over the weekend.
Cayetano, Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Youth, Women and Family Relations and the Senate Committee on Health and Demography, led the distribution of relief goods in West City Central School in Barangay Carmen, one of the biggest evacuation centers for displaced residents.
The lady senator particularly checked on the condition of women and children evacuees, two of the most vulnerable sectors in times of calamities and post-disaster situations.
She also visited the city’s Center for Women at the compound of the Department of Social welfare and Development (DSWD) in Barangay Upper Balulang. The center serves as a shelter for minors displaced or orphaned by the disaster, including a group of young children who were evacuated from a children’s home that was also inundated by Saturday’s flashfloods.
She led a book-reading session and gave away toys and books to bring cheers to the children and help them cope amid their situation. Cayetano asked the mothers and older children to help her read aloud passages from the book, ‘The Christmas Lantern Trip,’ for the young children.
Written by the senator’s mother, Sandra Schramm Cayetano, the book tells the story of a family’s search for the perfect ‘parol’ (Christmas lantern) for their home. At the end of her visit, the lady senator left a Christmas lantern for the children evacuees.
Relief goods from Cayetano’s office will also be brought for typhoon victims in Iligan City, which was also devastated by Sendong, in cooperation with the DSWD in Northern Mindanao.
Cayetano observed that lack of water is causing many difficulties for the evacuees and could cause the spread of diseases in the evacuation centers. At the same time, she praised the strength and resilience of local residents in coping and recovering from the effects of the disaster. #
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