DSWD strengthens relief ops for victims of ‘Butchoy’

Under the leadership of Secretary Judy Taguiwalo, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has intensified its disaster operations by strengthening the capacity of its Field Offices (FOs) in providing augmentation support to the affected local government units and closely coordinating with other concerned agencies to provide immediate attention to the victims of Typhoon Butchoy in Regions III, IV-A, and ARMM, which were the hardest hit areas by the disaster.

"We continue to strengthen our DSWD Field Offices, LGUs, and concerned agencies to provide immediate relief assistance to the needs of the typhoon victims. Our people on the ground are reaching out to more affected families and are ensuring that no victim will be left behind," she said.

Sec. Taguiwalo reiterated her call to affected families to report their situations on the ground in order for the Department to respond immediately.

"Huwag po kayong mangiming lumapit sa mga social workers sa inyong lugar at ipagbigay alam kung ano pa ang inyong mga pangangailangan (Do not ashamed hesitate to ask for help from social workers in your areas)," Sec Taguiwalo told affected families.

As of 5PM of 10 July, there are 127 families or 563 persons inside 16 evacuation centers set up by LGUs in the affected areas in Bataan, Zambales, Batangas, Rizal, and Maguindanao. Likewise, some 14,097 families or 70,663 persons who are outside evacuation centers are also provided with relief supplies.

DSWD-FOs in these regions continue to assist LGUs in providing food support, managing the evacuation centers, and in profiling the evacuees.

DSWD FO-III has already received 10, 000 additional family food packs, out of the 60,000 family food packs from the National Resource Operations Center (NROC) and is continuously coordinating with concerned agencies for the status of the affected victims and possible support needed by LGUs.

In Region IV-A, the local government of Batangas has already provided relief assistance to the typhoon victims. They are constantly coordinating with the DSWD-FO IV-A for monitoring and other needed actions.

In Maguindanao, the provincial government already provided 90 bags of rice to the affected families through the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (MDRRMO). The DSWD-FO XII, in close coordination with the DSWD-ARMM, has already scheduled to distribute family food packs to the affected families.

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Source: The Philippine Information Agency

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Asian Development Bank (ADB) through its President Takehiko Nakao expressed support for the Duterte administration's 10-point agenda.

In a recent meeting with Philippine Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III and Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia, Mr. Nakao also affirmed ADB's strong partnership for promoting sustainable economic growth, reducing poverty, and improving the welfare and livelihoods of Filipinos.

"The recent strong growth of the Philippines provides a foundation for further sustainable growth to fully realize this country's enormous potential," said Mr. Nakao. "Our support will be tailored to the government's socio-economic and poverty reduction priorities, and to the country's middle-income status. We are looking forward to further discussions on how we can best support the country."

For his part, Finance Secretary Dominguez said, "We believe the ADB's full backing would go a long way in helping President Duterte deliver on his electoral mandate to bring progress to all Filipinos. This is because the strengthened partnership between the Bank and the Philippine government on the Duterte presidency would, as conveyed by Mr. Nakao, focus on key areas that the 10-point agenda itself aims to harness to enable our people to truly benefit from a strong economy that the ADB projects to grow beyond 6% in 2017."

Mr. Nakao commended President Rodrigo Duterte's administration's aim of spreading the benefits of strong growth. The Philippines can harness its vast potential by tapping its young and educated population in pursuit of higher productivity and job creation, especially in such areas as small- and medium-enterprises, tourism and agri-business.

Based on the government's prospective development plans, ADB is prepared to support areas such as accelerating infrastructure development with special attention to the role of public-private partnerships; rural and value chain development in agriculture; improving human capital investment including health and education; and social protection through conditional cash transfers.

Mr. Nakao emphasized that ADB can help the country to incorporate innovations in infrastructure development, based on ADB's extensive experience in countries and access to global knowledge and advanced technologies.

He reiterated ADB's commitment to supporting the government's efforts to bring lasting peace and development to Mindanao, saying that ADB is actively working with local authorities to prepare the Mindanao Development Program, and on various projects to develop road infrastructure. These include the upgrading of national roads in central, southern and western Mindanao, which will improve the area's linkages with national and regional markets.

ADB provided its first loan in the Philippines in 1969 to support private enterprise development, followed by a loan to support agriculture and rural development in Mindanao. Since then, it has provided $15.9 billion in sovereign loans, $1 billion in non-sovereign operations (loans, equity investment, and guarantees to the private sector), and $93 million in technical assistance. In the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in 2013, ADB provided $900 million for typhoon-affected areas. ADB is targeting a record of more than $1 billion of approved sovereign loans in 2016, and is ready to increase assistance further based on discussion with the new administration.

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Source: The Philippine Information Agency