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Disaster-relief cargoes, vehicles a priority at ports – PPA

Disaster-relief cargoes, vehicles, and operations will be given priority at ports to provide immediate assistance to those affected by the severe flooding and landslides in Davao region.

PPA General Manager Jay Santiago has directed ports to prioritize disaster-relief cargoes carried by sea vessels to facilitate the distribution of aid in areas affected by the massive flooding and landslides caused by a low pressure area (LPA).

PPA personnel at the Port of Management Office (PMO) in Davao facilitated the docking of BRP Suluan (MRRV 4406) of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) at the Port of Mati on February 3. This led to the smooth distribution of approximately 20,000 packs of relief goods in communities severely affected by the disaster.

The Northeast Monsoon and the trough of the LPA affected Mindanao affected Mindanao from January 28 to February 2, resulting in flooding and landslide incidents.

Meanwhile, the Port Police of PMO Agusan extended financial assistance to a couple from Mainit, Nabunturan, Davao de Oro who were displaced by the massive flooding and landslides.

Carolyn Sisgado and Roel Villasco stayed at the evacuation center for three days before deciding to travel to Tagbilaran City, Bohol.

With the P1,500 lent by their pastor, the couple went to Nasipit port but they did not have enough money to buy a ticket to Bohol. The couple shared this during an interview with them by PMO Agusan staff at the Malasakit Help Desk.

Led by the PMO Agusan Port Police station commander, other Port Police officers of the PMO contributed so that the couple could buy a ticket to Bohol. They were also given food and given some money that they could use on their trip. The couple left via MV Filipinas Agusan Del Norte on February 5.

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