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The Davao City government’s help to quake-hit areas is now extended to stress debriefing for quake survivors to cope with their trauma from the earthquake and aftershocks during the last two months.

In partnership with the Philippine Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP), the city government through the City Social Services Development Office (CSSDO) will conduct stress debriefing sessions with quake survivors in North Cotabato.

The teams who are composed of various volunteers group are currently undergoing training on holding stress debriefing sessions for Kidapawan City and the towns of Tulunan and Makilala in North Cotabato on November 8 and 9.

“Their recovery is a long process and we are praying for their recovery the fastest as possible. We coordinated with our Local Government Units for interventions,” said PCUP Commissioner Norman Baloro.

He said the CSSDO and PCUP have come up with a holistic approach on how to conduct the stress debriefing sessions in the quake-hit areas.

“We need stress debriefing because the quakes have traumatized them. Sometimes, they no longer know what to do when they experience another quake,” he said.

Baloro emphasized the need for stress debriefing sessions to help the people regain their strength and will help them go back to normalcy. CIO