FIRST LOOK: Salvaging Salvacion

Barangay Salvacion, with a population of 2,646, is located in Jinamoc Island, western part of Samar. It is part of the town of Basey.

Almost 100 percent of the structures in the village were destroyed after super typhoon Yolanda passed through last November 8.
Twenty-five people died instantly and 27 are still missing due to the storm surge Yolanda generated.

Despite the devastation, residents are busy rebuilding their homes over a week after Yolanda. ABS-CBN's Sagip Kapamilya visited the island on Tuesday and delivered relief goods. It also provided basic medical services to those injured and in need.

Relief goods are coming in from different LGUs and organizations, but residents said they're not enough.

Jesse Rivero, a resident of Salvacion, said that right after the typhoon, they had to rely on coconut water because all their houses and everything inside it were destroyed.

Barangay Captain Adelardo Ocop welcomed the relief goods, but added that what Salvacion urgently needs is financial support to rebuild their houses and create new livelihood.

"Kung aasa kami dito sa suporta ng gobyerno, wala rin. Ang kailangan namin ay makasustain para makapagpagawa ng bahay para maibalik ang dating sigla ng tao," Ocop said.

Most of the people in Barangay Salvacion are fisherfolk, and Ocop hopes they can go back to their main source of livelihood.

Even the children of Salvacion are eager to get their lives back to normal. A child playing inside their makeshift shelter saw her teacher passing by and said, "Sir may pasok?" Her teacher just smiled and said, soon.



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