DSWD leads stress debriefing for typhoon-affected Batanes residents

TUGUEGARAO CITY — A team of stress debriefers were deployed Tuesday to typhoon-stricken Batanes island-province in a bid to help residents cope with the trauma of losing their properties and other valuables due to ‘Ferdie.’

A social welfare regional office report said five social workers from the regional office rode the C-130 plane, which ferried cargoes of relief goods and other post-typhoon volunteers, to make rounds in the typhoon-affected towns of Basco, Ivana, Itbayat, Uyugan and Sabtang.

The team, according to DSWD, will first visit Itbayat villagers affected by the typhoon.

Aside from getting a share of the relief goods, the residents would be given stress debriefing to help them cope with their situation.

Communication lines have been partially restored in the province as damage reports have trickled in.

Typhoon-stricken Uyugan town reported 292 totally destroyed and 932 partially damaged houses.

A 19-seater private plane flew on Tuesday to airlift stranded Batanes villagers from Tuguegarao City to Basco town. Villamor Visaya,Jr/PNA/northboundasia.com