Billboards, tarps to be sent to Mindanao for shelter

Posted at 12/14/12 4:17 PM

MANILA, Philippines – A truckload of billboards and tarpaulins that have been confiscated will be sent to Mindanao to provide shelter for the typhoon victims, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said on Friday.

MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said the billboards and nearly 100 tarpaulins came from the agency’s Baklas Billboard operations against violators.

"These tarpaulins are rotting in our warehouses so we have decided to put it to good use by sending it to typhoon-devastated towns in Mindanao," said Tolentino.

The MMDA has also sent a rescue team to worst-hit towns in Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental to assist in the retrieval efforts of more than 600 people still missing.

"Many residents have lost their homes and the evacuation centers are already maximized. We have to send all the help we can to these people so they can recover the soonest possible time," the chairman said.

He visited New Bataan in Compostela Valley on Wednesday to observe the search and retrieval operations.

According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), the typhoon caused damage to nearly 150,000 homes.

Nearly 60,000 people are still staying in evacuation centers.