“The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) is here this morning because last June 8, we made a promise to Mayor Boying that we will be helping out in supplying solar lights. So, we are now turning over 200 units of 200 watts solar lights for the City of Baybay.” This was the very short message of the OCD Region 8 Regional Director Lord Byron Torrecarion during the City Development Council (CDC) meeting held yesterday at the New Convention Center.
It could be recalled that on June 8 of this year Director Torrecarion inspected the relocation site in Barangay Maganhan together with Baybay City Mayor Hon. Jose Carlos Cari.
Mayor Cari thanked the OCD for the construction of the temporary shelters for the survivors of TS Agaton from Barangay Kantagnos, with the help of the Department of Public Works and Highways for the clearing; the Department of Social Welfare and Development for the cash-for-work and food-for-work program; and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), and the affected communities for the construction of their shelter.
He added that the City of Baybay will also be constructing Permanent Housing Units in Barangay Higulo-an for the TS Agaton Survivors from Barangay Mailhi but due to limited funds, the City of Baybay will initially construct 23 quadruplet units this year. However, the city is hopeful that the national government will be able to help the city in securing funds for the lacking housing units.
Based on the latest Evacuation Center Update from the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO), 254 families (877 individuals) from Barangay Mailhi are currently staying at the Baybay City Night High School.