By Tracy Cabrera
BARAS, CATANDUANES — The International Overseas Mission (IOM) has recently completed its validation of some 250 families who were directly affected by typhoon Rolly last year in geographically isolated areas in Baras, Catanduanes who until now are living in only tarpaulin shelters provided by the provincial government.
According to the IOM, with their validation as bona fide victims of typhoon Rolly, the said families will be receiving much-needed assistance which includes shelter and toilet kits in order for them to safely repair their damaged homes and bring them back to their normal lives.
As hundreds of families return to their houses that were destroyed almost completely by the typhoon, IOM and other humanitarian agencies are working to address their most pressing needs at a time when funding is a small fraction of what is needed.
Remittances from Pinoy migrants worker abroad to their families in the country help to fund healthcare and education as well as livelihood needs.
However, the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has drastically impacted migrant communities worldwide, leading to a decline in remittances sent home. (AI/MTVN)