DSWD-7 takes charge with the displaced individuals in Guihulngan City while the DOH and PNRC will concentrate its efforts in the municipality of La Libertad and Jimalalud respectively.
These national agencies hope to improve the Mental Health and Psycho Social Support (MHPSS) to be administered to those individuals and families who, after the tragedy or accident, manifested abnormal responses, lost their loved ones, with missing family member and injured.
Dr. Thelma Barrieza from the National Center for Mental Health oriented the local health, social welfare officers and other service providers on how to deliver the systems that will expedite the giving of compassionate and emotional support to the victims after earthquake struck Negros Oriental last February 6.
Barrieza added that in most situations, recovery overtime will occur for many Filipinos as they are known to be resilient by nature. However, not all have strong coping mechanism to deal with these kinds of situation. Sometimes, other vulnerable survivors and victims develop mild to moderate disorders, thus the need for appropriate intervention is recommended.
She further encouraged the humanitarian actors to plan, establish and coordinate its response system with focus on the internally displaced population.
Philippines experience on psycho social intervention started in the early 1990’s after the country was hit with several damaging disasters both man made and human induced to include the earthquake in Central Luzon, Ormoc Flash Flood, M/V Dona Paz and M/V Princess of the Stars sea mishaps, Mt. Pinatubo volcanic eruption, Guinsaugon landslide and this latest earthquake in Negros and Cebu provinces.