DSWD assists 693 ‘Labuyo’ victims-A A +A
By JM Agreda
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) reported there is enough supply of relief packs for typhoon and monsoon rains affected victims in the Cordillera region.
Nerissa Villanueva, DSWD regional information officer, said some 693 typhoon Labuyo victims have received aid from the agency.
DSWD Disaster Response Operations Monitoring and Information Report showed majority of the victims are from the municipality of Tublay in Benguet Province and in Baguio City.
The agency since last week had already given out P110, 300 worth of monetized assistance.
Bulk of this has been given to the municipality of Tublay through the 294 family packs and 48 blankets, and assorted medicines intended for the evacuees of the said municipality.
DSWD Regional Director Leonardo Reynoso said they prepared around 5,100 family packs ready for distribution in case local government units request for relief augmentation.
Around P3.3 million has been on stand-by as quick response of emergency situations for all provinces which need help, Reynoso added.
Meanwhile, the DSWD has monitored four destroyed and 168 damaged houses due to the onslaught of Typhoon "Labuyo."
Villanueva said the affected families will be the potential beneficiaries of the Core Shelter Assistance Program of the agency, which will still be validated based on the program’s implementation guidelines.
Moreover, the DSWD also maintains Quick Action Response Teams during disasters.
The QUARTs are stationed in the field office to monitor the situation during disasters. These teams work together with the Crisis Intervention Unit of the DSWD to ensure the welfare of the public during disasters and crises.
The Office of Civil Defense reported some 268 families composed of 591 persons in 7 barangays in the region have been affected in the region due to the monsoon rains in San Isidro, Tubo and Bangued in Abra; Tublay in Benguet and Sagada and Bontoc in Mt. Province.
DSWD-Cordillera reported they will reach out to these families based on recommendations of Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management officers and local social welfare officers in affected areas.
For questions or assistance, the public may reach DSWD-CAR through 09491417232 or (074) 444-32-09.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 22, 2013.