THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Western Visayas has already sent P915,000 worth of donation to displaced families in Marawi City.
The donation included food items, clothing, beddings, hygiene kits, and medicines, among others, donated by different government agencies and private individuals or groups in the region.
In a press conference on October 5, DSWD-Western Visayas Assistant Director for Administration Evangeline Felicio said the donation was sent in three batches.
The first batch amounting to P70,000 worth of donation from the “Tulong Kabataan” was shipped last June 24. The DSWD regional office in Northern Mindanao, particularly in Iligan City, received the donations for Marawi evacuees.
The second batch, worth P195,000, was shipped on August 12. The items were donated by the Development Bank of the Philippines, Police Regional Office-Western Visayas, Regional Highway Patrol Unit-Western Visayas, and Land Transportation Office.
Another batch of P650,000 worth of donation from the Department of Agriculture, Philippine Navy, and Department of Education in Iloilo City and Passi City was shipped in September.
Feliciano expressed hope that they will receive more donations for victims of the Marawi conflict.
At present, 89 displaced families from Marawi are in Western Visayas. Some 40 families are in Iloilo City, while 49 families are in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental.
The validation of other internally displaced persons and families is still ongoing, said Felicio. (PNA)