Distribution of relief packs in Siargao unhampered

The distribution of relief packs in the different municipalities in Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte remained unhampered as support continued to grow from different sectors, both in the government and private sectors.

Surigao del Norte First District Representative Francisco Jose Matugas II, in a statement Friday, said the number of relief packs delivered to distressed residents in the island has increased since December 30 last month.

From 81,000 relief packs on December 30, the number of deliveries has doubled to 190,000 relief packs as of Friday, Matugas reported.

“We have built more fluid supply links to sites hard to reach, such as Socorro. The distribution rate there has moved up from December’s 83 percent to the recent rate of 202 percent,” Matugas said.

Data provided by the office of the solon showed that 20,543 relief packs have already been delivered to Socorro town as of Friday benefitting around 10,143 families.

The same data also indicated that 20,691 relief packs have been distributed as of Friday to 2,980 families in Santa Monica town; 6,652 packs to 1,876 families in San Benito; 28,659 packs to 8,441 families in Del Carmen; and 7,414 packs to 1,405 families in Burgos; and 9,440 packs to 2,302 families in San Isidro.

The data added that 16,988 packs have already been given to 3,539 families in the town of Pilar; 24,994 packs to 8,383 families in Gen. Luna; and 57,908 packs to 14,153 families in Dapa.

Matugas also clarified that since December 30, distribution rates in the towns in Siargao have increased as more relief assistance has arrived on the island.

In Santa Monica, as of Friday, six rounds of relief distributions have already been conducted; five rounds in Burgos; four rounds in the towns of San Isidro, Dapa, and Pilar; three rounds in Del Carmen and San Benito; and two rounds in Gen. Luna and Socorro.

“Big thanks to our partners and all the workers on the ground. We are mobilizing relief goods non-stop, inspired by our communities’ will to move beyond damage,” Matugas said.

Meanwhile, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) 13 (Caraga) said 2,500 additional family food packs (FFPs) have arrived in Siargao Island on Friday through the support of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Philippine National Police (PNP), and the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP).

The additional FFPs will be distributed starting Saturday in the towns of Gen. Luna, Pilar, Burgos, and San Isidro.

“Despite the ongoing challenge of transporting the goods into the island municipalities, in coordination with PNP, BFP, and the PCG, the said FFPs were transported and are now in transit to each municipality,” the DSWD-13 said.

Source: Philippines News Agency

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