‘Christmasaya’ party for child evacuees in typhoon-hit Sorsogon held

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Sorsogon (CNN Philippines, December 28) – A group of art students organized a Christmas party for child evacuees who are seeking temporary shelter in a high school building in Pilar town of Sorsogon due to then-typhoon Tisoy.

These students had chipped in to give food, school supplies, gifts and relief packs to 75 kids who bore the brunt of Tisoy's wrath early this month, and conducted an entertaining party dubbed “Christmasaya” (word play for fun Christmas), engaging the kids through games and dance performances with the evacuees on Friday.

Maria Lourdes Millena, adviser of the student organizers, said the celebration was the students’ way of reaching out as they will also experience the real world once they become exposed to the needs of others and how they would be able to respond to help.

A total of 262 families in Barangay Dao in Pilar were displaced as the strong typhoon lashed their area.

Its village chief, Roselyn Malig said these families need livelihood intervention apart from relief goods being distributed by politicians since their source of living was totally damaged by Tisoy’s destructive winds and heavy rains.

Malig’s constituents still face the threat of landslides and flash floods because they live in a coastal and low-lying area.

Sorsogon is among the local governments which declared a state of calamity after being badly hit by Tisoy.

The declaration of a state of calamity allows for the release funds and necessary action to aid in recovery efforts of a specific area after a catastrophic event.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported on December 13 that the death toll from the destructive typhoon was four. It added that Tisoy injured 318 others from the regions of Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol and Eastern Visayas.