THE CRISIS intervention unit of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) recently extended help to victims of the Eso-Nice bus accident.

DSWD-CAR Director Porfiria Bernardez said the agency was able to provide P45,000 as initial augmentation to what the local government units already extended to victims.

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“The assistance covered medical needs of seven survivors who are still at the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center while two families were extended burial assistance,” Bernardez said.

True to its mandate of being the lead agency in social protection, the agency also participated in the rescue and retrieval operations through the Cordillera Regional Disaster Coordinating Council.

The agency participated through its crisis intervention unit’s assistance in providing food to members of the rescue team.

Forty-two people died and injured seven others in what was dubbed as the worst highway incident of the decade.

The DSWD together with the Department of Health have also been providing psycho-social therapy to survivors and families of the dead victims.

In last year’s Little Kibungan tragedy which killed more than 100 people during the onslaught of Typhoon Pepeng, psycho-social therapy extended by the agency helped much in the recuperation of survivors from trauma. (JM Agreda)