MANILA-- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has provided PHP1.45 million worth of assistance to victims of flooding in Maguindanao.
In a news release issued Wednesday, Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo reported that as of 6 a.m. Tuesday, floods in the province have affected 45,495 families or 227,475 persons, most of whom have opted to stay in their inundated houses.
The municipality of Datu Odin Sinsuat (formerly Dinaig) had the highest number of victims with 5,796 or 28,980 individuals, followed by Sultan Sa Barongis (formerly Lambayong) with 4,467 families or 22,335 persons.
DSWD-Soccsksargen has sent family food packs (FFPs) to hard-to-reach barangays in Northern and Southern Kabuntalan.
The team had to ride a boat to reach the barangays and deliver the assistance, as flood waters have not yet subsided, Taguiwalo said, adding that the regional social welfare office has also extended PHP10,000 each to the families of two children who accidentally drowned in Northern and Southern Kabuntalan. This is apart from the aid given by Northern Kabuntalan Mayor MaryJane Bayam-Dilangalen.
Meanwhile, Taguiwalo thanked the staff and officials of the DSWD field offices who promptly responded to the crisis situation.
Source: Philippines News Agency