The Evacuees of Mayon’s Gentle Eruption
Since the declaration of a State of Calamity in Albay with the unrest of the majestic Mayon Volcano, more than forty thousand people, or nearly eleven thousand families from twenty-six barangays have been brought to evacuation centers. As of last month, the volcano continues to be under Alert level 3 due to its magmatic unrest, and close to six hundred evacuees have been getting sick. It has been reported that in consultations held by the Department of Health, various kinds of ailments have been brought to medical attention, the top ten of which are cough and colds, fever, acute respiratory infection, headache, hypertension, dizziness, skin disease, abdominal pains, colds andv acute gastroenteritis.
President Marcos, Jr visited the site in mid-June and assisted in distributing family packs alongside Mayor Paul Chino Garcia of Guinobatan, Albay. Donations have also been poured in, particularly from the People’s Republic of China and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), even as the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) reported that the government has provided some 71.5 million to the families affected.
Let us not forget our fellow Bicolanos now living across twenty-seven different evacuation centers. Their suffering may last for months, and they can only rise together from this crisis when we help to lift them up with our solidarity.
Belated birthday greetings to two very good friends, Judge Rose Lalwani, and CFC sis Nor Gerobin who celebrated her birthday at the Villa Caceres Hotel .
QUOTATION OF THE WEEK:
“Out of the fires of desperation burn hope and solidarity.” - SHARAN BURROW
FOR OUR WORD OF LIFE:
“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” - GALATIANS 6:2