AKSYON K! TABANG PARA SA MAYON: Disaster Response for Mayon Eruption 2018
On January 13, 2018, Mayon generated a steam driven explosion that produced 2.5km high grayish ash plume. It prompted the officials of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council of Albay to order the immediate evacuation of residents within the 6 kilometer radius of the Permanent Danger Zone..
Alert Level 4 was raised by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) on January 22, 2018 due to the relatively high level of unrest of Mayon Volcano. Likewise, the danger zone was extended from 6-8 kilometers to 9 kilometers.
As per report of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, a total of 88,528 persons or 23,054 families were affected in 61 barangays in the towns/cities of Daraga, Camalig, Guinobatan, Legazpi City, Ligao City, Sto. Domingo, Malilipot, Bacacay and Tabaco City.
DEPLOYMENT AND MOBILIZATION PLAN
A. Rapid Assessment
From January 15-19, 2018, the DIDRRM Coordinator, together with SIMON’s Emergency Response Team, conducted rapid assessment in the evacuation centers throughout the province to assess the prevailing condition and immediate needs of the families - particularly that of the vulnerable sectors such as persons with disabilities, children, elderly and other vulnerable groups.
B. Relief Distribution
Relief operations were carried out by SIMON’s Aksyon K! Team from January 23 to 26, 2018 in the municipalities of Guinobatan, Camalig, Daraga and Ligao City.
Distribution of the relief items for the families of persons with disabilities was course through the MSWDO and Area Project Coordinators of the said LGUs.
Contents of the relief packages include:
Breakdown of the distributed relief goods per barangays are as follow:
C. Child-Friendly Spaces in Emergencies
As part of its child protection program, SIMON provides Child Friendly Spaces (CF) for children in the evacuation centers to care for their psychological well-being and promote a happy and safe environment.
The Aksyon K Team facilitated various play activities, storytelling and artwork sessions for children ages 3-12 years old in Bariw National High School on February 15, Taladong Elementary School on February 24 and Comun Elementary School on March 1, 2018.
Snacks were served after the activities. Prizes and giveaways were also distributed.
D. Eye Screening and Provision of Reading Glasses
The Aksyon K! Team conducted eye screening and provided free reading glasses for the Mayon evacuees in Taladong Elementary School and Bariw National High School on February 15 and 24, respectively.
The activity is part of SIMON’s advocacy campaign to promote good eyesight and prevent secondary disabilities.
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