‘We are ready anytime’-A A +A
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- An official from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on Wednesday said they are ready to serve the Kapampangans anytime, as there is enough fund available, should another calamity hit the province of Pampanga.
DSWD Regional Director Adelina Apostol, in an interview, said Kapampangans have nothing to worry about and assured them that they are on top of the situation, as they had been closely working with various local government units through their respective municipal social welfare officers.
"Kahit pa panibagong bagyo ang tumama sa Pampanga ay mayroon tayong sapat na pagkukunan ng mga relief goods para ibigay sa ating mga kababayang nangangailangan. Mayroon pa tayong isang milyong piso available at any given time para rito," Apostol told Sun.Star Pampanga.
She explained that the department's main thrust during calamities is to provide immediate assistance to residents affected by typhoons, especially those families whose houses were totally washed out.
Apostol also noted that repacking of relief goods is still ongoing to meet the needs of flood-affected municipalities who are still requesting for them despite previous deliveries and distributions.
It was learned that with the joint efforts of the DSWD, provincial government, local government units, non-government organizations, more than P16 million worth of relief goods have been distributed to the victims of the southwest monsoon (Habagat) and tropical storm Maring in the province for the past 10 days.
Meanwhile, based on the report of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) as of August 26, at least 17,879 packs of goods were given to families in evacuation centers from inundated barangays, especially in the fourth and second districts.
Repacking of goods at the provincial action center is also still ongoing as well as the distribution to the other affected families.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on August 29, 2013.