Surigao governor admits slow distribution of relief goods


Posted at Feb 17 2017 09:46 AM

Distribution of relief goods to Surigao quake victims is going slow not because of a lack of supply but the need to verify the list of beneficiaries, Surigao del Norte Governor Sol Matugas said Friday.

"Walang problema sa supply (ng relief goods) kasi maraming nagbigay. Ang distribution lang kasi dapat malinaw ang listahan ng mga tao," Matugas said in an interview on DZMM.

(There is no problem in the supply because we received a lot of donations. We have problems in the distribution because lists have to be clarified.)

Mayors have already been instructed to verify the list of victims and ensure that all relief operations are done by Sunday, Matugas said.

Though all families have returned to their homes, the governor said some residents have been coming back to the capitol after sunset.

"Meron silang behavior na pag gabi, pumupunta sila sa provincial capitol dahil sa fear of tsunami," Matugas said.

(The residents have developed a habit of coming to the provincial capitol every evening because of their fear of a tsunami.)

Classes in Surigao are expected to resume on Monday despite damaged schools and classrooms.

"May mga classrooms na malaki ang destruction so mag tent na lang sila sa labas para ang klase ay mag open na sa Lunes," Matugas said.

(Some of the classrooms were heavily damaged so we asked schools to put up tents outside so that classes can resume on Monday.)

Eight died while scores were injured after a 6.7 magnitude quake hit the southern province on February 10.