Another typhoon-hit town in Siargao gets cash aid

Amid the government’s continuing relief mission in Typhoon Odette-devastated areas, residents of Del Carmen town in Siargao Island of Surigao del Norte province received their cash aid Tuesday from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through the agency’s Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) program.

In a statement, the DSWD – Caraga (Region 13) said a total of PHP16,710,000 in AICS assistance was released during the pay-out activity that benefited 3,542 families severely affected by Typhoon Odette in December last year.

“The DSWD is continuously providing cash assistance and augmentation of family food packs and non-food items to the affected families in the region,” the DSWD-13 said.

Last December 30, the agency also released through the AICS program some PHP23,010,000 in cash aid to 4,602 families in Dapa town in Siargao Island.

Also, the agency reported that a total of 400 laminated sacks and 379 family tents were also provided to the affected families in the towns of San Jose, Tubajon, Libjo, Basilisa, and Loreta in the province of Dinagat Islands.

The laminated sacks and family tents were augmented during the three-day distribution activity conducted by the agency in Dinagat Islands from January 7 to 9 this year.

The augmentation of the non-food items was based on the request by local government units (LGUs), the agency pointed out.

“The field office continues to maintain close coordination with the LGUs in Dinagat Islands to ensure that the needs of families and residents affected by Typhoon Odette are immediately addressed,” the DSWD-13 said.

Source: Philippines News Agency

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