IOM selects Pampanga as recipient of post-disaster assistance

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga, (PNA) –The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has chosen Pampanga as one of the beneficiaries of their emergency and post-emergency operations assistance.

Maribel Blanco, chief of the administration division of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Central Luzon, said the IOM has donated to the province’s four towns collapsible shelters that can be used as evacuation centers during disasters.

Blanco said the identified recipients of the collapsible shelters are the flood-prone towns in the province’s fourth district, namely Masantol, Minalin, Macabebe and Sto. Tomas.

“Our office conducted survey on the most affected areas of the last Habagat. We submitted the result to IOM and the final decision came from them,” she said.

She described the collapsible shelters as ideal during disasters. Each unit has cubicles that can accommodate 70 to 100 families.

She said the collapsible shelters can be assembled in covered courts or in any covered and spacious areas.

“The collapsible shelter units offer more privacy to the evacuees. They are ideal during disasters and emergencies,” she added.

IOM is an intergovernmental organization in the field of migration.

It is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.

It also assists countries during disasters and calamities.