By Ernie Reyes
MANILA — Re-electionist Senator Richard J. Gordon today called on Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to send more trainers who can volunteer for works in rebuilding damaged houses and buildings in areas hit by Typhoon Odette.
Gordon, who chairs the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), said Odette-hit communities are in dire need of technical assistance, especially in the areas of electrical installation, masonry, carpentry, among others.
“We cannot wallow in despair because our houses were damaged or destroyed. We want to be able to extend a helping hand by providing necessary materials, tools, and knowledge to be able to rise from the rubble,” explained Gordon.
“Sa paggawad ng mga yero, kahoy, at pako, ay makakatulong tayo sa pagbangon ng ating mga kababayang nasalanta ng bagyo. Ang kaalamang makukuha nila mula sa TESDA ay magagamit pa sa mga susunod na pagkakataon,” he added.
According to a report released by the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHUSD) last Jan. 6, super typhoon Odette (international name: Rai), damaged around 598,000 houses in its path of destruction. (ai/mtvn)