BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 18 (PIA) -- Over 300 residents of Baybay Magallanes in Washington village in Surigao City who were victims of a recent fire received aid from the Bisaya Gyud team through its Operation Tabang.
'Bisaya Gyud' is a weekly public service and entertainment program hosted by the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar. Initially launched to help underprivileged Bisaya Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), the program's scope has progressed to serving Bisaya Filipinos nationwide since the onset of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, delivering grassroots information on the efforts of local and national governments to address the people's needs during the health crisis whilst launching their own initiatives through the 'Operation Tabang'.
During the team's visit to the area, the victims expressed great concern on the challenge of rebuilding their lives and finding a new home.
"Hantod karon, iniya pa kami sa [pagpangita ug] kweba, asa kami matulog [Until now, we are still looking for a place to stay permanently]," says resident Michael Conado.
Lending help in their own way, the team provided food packs containing rice and instant food products and clothes to fire victims.
As they each receive their share of the assistance, the victims expressed their huge thanks to the team, adding that their generosity provided them relief and hope.
On the morning of January 9, residents of Baybay Magallanes in Brgy. Washington awoke to a fire, resulting in the destruction of houses and properties of more than 80 households. The fire was allegedly caused by a butane gas stove left unattended. (DMNR/PIA-Caraga)