Social welfare dept provides PHP206-M in aid for typhoon victims

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) announced Monday that it will provide PHP206.36 million in augmentation assistance to 27 local government units (LGUs) hit by Typhoon Nina.

Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo said the assistance covers food and non-food items, consisting of 580,857 family food packs, 2,459 ready-to-eat meals, 1,585 malongs, 885 mosquito nets, 885 blankets, and 585 dignity kits (towels, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, feminine napkins and others).

This assistance is on top of the goods that have been pre-positioned to the LGUs, she said.

Aside from relief supplies, the DSWD will also provide a mobile communications vehicle and high-speed Internet service to the Response Cluster Operations Center at the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council to facilitate speedy monitoring of situations in areas.

As of 5 a.m. on Monday, the DSWD-Disaster Response Operations, Monitoring and Information Center (DROMIC) reported that a total of 22,676 families or 95,774 persons from 291 barangays in the Mimaropa, Bicol and Eastern Visayas regions have been affected.

Of the figure, 20,624 families or 87,157 persons are currently staying in 310 evacuation centers set up and managed by LGUs.

Some 16,106 passengers remain stranded in various seaports in the Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol and Eastern Visayas regions.

The department's field office in Bicol has provided an initial assistance of more than PHP6 million to the LGUs -- PHP1.6 million for Albay; PHP3.1 million for Camarines Sur; and PHP1.4 million for Sorsogon.

Taguiwalo assured that they have enough relief supplies to respond to the needs of affected families.

"To the affected families, you may approach your LGUs. Goods have already been pre-positioned to them," she said, assuring LGUs that the department is ready to provide the necessary augmentation assistance to help them address the needs of their constituents.

Meanwhile, she said that DSWD disasters teams on the ground continue to assist and coordinate with LGUs in disaster relief operations and in managing evacuation centers.

Source: Philippines News Agency