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PRESS RELEASE: PHLPost supports Oxfam in sending assistance to Typhoon Ompong victims

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Cagayan Valley - The Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) and Oxfam joined forces to assist victims of Typhoon Ompong in 3 Barangays in Rizal, Cagayan last October 3.

A lot of families from isolated and remote communities affected by Typhoon Ompong are still struggling for food and water. Many still have not been able to repair their damaged houses. Their livelihoods are gone and markets are limited.

To help address this gap, PHLPost and Oxfam recently distributed multipurpose cash grants to at least 608 families, who belong to Aeta and Malaweg ethnic minorities from Barangays Bural, Masi, and San Juan in Rizal town, Cagayan.

The multipurpose cash grant amounting to Php3, 000 will give each family the freedom to prioritize their immediate needs such as food, shelter repair, medicine and water.

“Masaya, self-fulfillment, at nakakataba ng puso na makita sa mga mata ng mga benepisyaryo ang saya na naihatid namin sa kanila ang kaunting tulong lalo na sa karamihan na galing pa sa malalayong lugar sa kabundukan” Postmaster Arsenio Mateo said.

The activity was led by PHLPost together with Citizens' Disaster Response Center and Cagayan Valley Disaster Response Center with support from Oxfam.

Oxfam is a charity founded in 1942- a global movement of millions of people who share the belief that, in a world rich in resources, poverty isn't inevitable.

The organization works on issues from food, water, health and education, women’s rights, business and poverty, conflicts and disasters, aid and development, citizens’ right, and even climate change. They do life-changing, groundbreaking work in all sorts of areas.