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DSWD 7 appeals to the public not to donate unusable things

After seeing the unusable donated items for Naga City landslide affected families, DSWD 7 Regional Director Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre appealed to the public not to give things that cannot anymore be used.

A sample of used clothing donated for the landslide victims.

She emphasized that disaster victims deserve to be treated with dignity as human beings.

In addition, Macapobre expressed that even during disasters, cleanliness, hygiene and sanitation must be observed to prevent diseases.

She also said that it drains the manpower’s effort which are spent sorting unusable donations.

“Again, let us preserve the dignity of the displaced families, so I am earnestly requesting the public to donate only usable things,” stressed Macapobre

Further, Director Macapobre said that it was discussed and agreed during on September 24, 2018 Incident Command meeting that donation of used clothing is discouraged because what the displaced families at the evacuation centers need are hygiene kits, milk, school supplies, blankets, mats, pillows, children diapers, adult underwear, ECO-Bags and big plastic boxes.

Furthermore, those who would like to donate clothes, it is encouraged that you give new sets of clothes or undergarments.

Moreover, those who would like to donate food or host a meal must inform the donations desk in Naga City for the scheduling of the conduct of such activity.

It was also agreed in the same meeting that all donations should pass through the donations desk at the lobby of Naga City Hall. ###

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