Posted by Administrator /  29.01.2009
By: Franco G. Jubilo, PITO-LU

After surviving the devastating effects of a storm surge that transpired on January 10, 2009 which affected 587 individuals from 122 families of Barangay Alaska, Aringay, La Union, Acting-Gov. Eulogio Clarence Martin P. De Guzman III, figuratively speaking, moved the Provincial Government of La Union to the affected area and provided a Medical, Dental and Relief Mission on January 21, 2009 at Alaska Elementary School together with various national government agency and non-government organization personnel.

The one-day activity provided free medical assistance to more than 600 individuals which include Blood Pressure monitoring and check-up, dental operations and procedures and distribution of 645 various medicines. Moreover, the La Union Disaster Response Team and the La Union Medical Center, distributed 93 and136 relief packs which contained assorted garments with noodles and washing powder, respectively. To avoid the spread of diseases, the Bureau of Fire Protection – Aringay Station, provides safe drinking water ration for the affected community.

Records from the Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council show that there were 95 totally damaged and 27 partially damaged houses. Based on the accounts of the survivors, their homes and belongings were swallowed by the sea after huge waves battered their area. A total of 345 individuals from 74 families are temporarily sheltered in nine evacuation areas which include Alaska Elementary School, Alaska Barangay Stage, Brgy. Sto. Rosario West and Sto. Rosario East and San Simon East.

Vice-Governor Eulogio Clarence Martin P. De Guzman III, accompanied by the Heads of the various departments of PGLU and Aringay Mayor Teresita A. Ong, led the public service together with personnel from Naval Forces Northern Luzon, La Union Police Provincial Office, Department of Social Welfare and Development-Region , Department of Education Region I, Department of Interior and Local Government Region I, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, Philippine National Police-Aringay, Philippine National Red Cross-La Union, Ilocos Training and Regional Medical Center, and various barangay officials of Aringay.

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