DOST V participates in Operation Kaogmahan

14 February 2018

The ongoing unrest of Mayon Volcano last 22 January 2018 up to present has temporarily displaced thousand of families in three cities and 6 towns in the Albay province. As of 31 January 2018, a total of Eighty Four Thousand Four Hundred Fifteen (84,415) individuals were affected and housed in schools-turned evacuation centers. The trauma caused by the soft eruptions has also caused increased anxiety and continue to compromise the health in the affected communities.

The Tsokolate and Pandesal (TAP) Group of Region V comprising the 9th CMO Batallion, together with other government agencies spearheaded the psychosocial activity dubbed as Operation “Kaogmahan” in Bariw National High School Eacuation Center last 06 February 2018. Project Kaogmhan is the response of the TAP group to the on-going crisis. The group extended help by providing basic needs and provided entertainment to give joy and hope to the displaced six hundred thirty four (634) families with a total number of Two Thousand Three Hundred Sixty Eight (2,368: Female-1173; Pregnant Women-25; Lactating Women-75; Senior Citizen-143; Persons with Special Need-38 and Children - 1143) individuals from Quirangay, Camalig, Albay.

The 9th Civil-Military Operations (Kaagapay) Batallion provided team building activities, film showing and free haircuts to the selected evacuees. The Department of Health 5 also provided 150 hygiene kits and assorted candies together with Department of Education 5. Technical Education and Skills Development Auhtority 5 donated improvised 2,000 pieces dust mask made by their students out of the donated cotton shirts by the different agencies. National Food Auhtority 5 gave 1 sack of rice that was cooked into lugaw by the Bicol University College of Business Economics and Management students and volunteers. Also the Provincial Government of Albay supplied chicken used in the preparation of lugaw. Department of Public Works and Highways 5 provided the prizes for Games, Snacks and Transportation of TAP members. Police Regional Office 5 extended entertainment through PNP band, and Team Albay Youth Organization also conducted team building activities. The Philippine Coast G 5 distributed mineral waters; and the PopCom 5 gave lectures in preventing teenage pregnancies. The Department of Interior and Local Government 5 distributed toys and candies to the evacuees. Other government agencies provided assistance through relief packed goods, providing mascots for entertainment, and other prizes for games.
DOST V on its part distributed locally produced FNRI-developed complementary food products (Rice-Mongo-Sesame Blend and Crunchies), produced by Nutrition Council of City of Iriga. The RMS blend was turned over for distribution by Brgy. Captain Ermel N. Grageda of Barangay Quirangay. Also, science films developed by Science Education Institute for pre-school and high school were shown for information and entertainment.

The Food Safety Team complemented the activity with a video presentation on Basic Food Hygience and Safety. Educational materials and some used clothings donated by DOST V employees were also given to the evacuees. Likewise, Vice Mayor Carlos Iwrin G. Baldo, Jr. of Camalig sought DOST’s assistance in the technology for microwavable Pinangat . Through this activities, the DOST V hoped to provide relief to the anxiety felt by the evacuees. (FBBanda/DOSTV –PMU)