Thursday July 19, 2018

Aid for 'Crising' victims assured

THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) assured on Thursday that enough funds and relief supplies are in place for the victims of Tropical Depression "Crising."

DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman said that P15.84 million in standby funds, P10.45 million in family food packs, and P42.44 million worth of relief supplies were prepositioned at DSWD field offices in the regions of Mimaropa, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, Davao, Soccsksargen, Caraga and Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Armm) affected by the tropical cyclone.

In Northern Mindanao Region, a total of 644 families composed of 3,220 persons coming from four barangays of Valencia City, Bukidnon were affected and are now staying in five evacuation centers in Batangan, Maapag, Pinatilan, and Catambalon.

The City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) of Valencia City provided 15 sacks of rice and 10 cases of sardines to affected families.

Standby funds worth P607,599.96 and 10,000 family packs worth P2.31 million are available at the DSWD Field Office in Cagayan de Oro City.

In Davao Region, a total of 19,384 families composed of 96,205 individuals were affected by "Crising" in 49 barangays, eight municipalities of Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley. Eleven evacuation centers were set-up in the region providing temporary shelter to 690 families composed of 2,996 individuals.

The DSWD released 9,000 family food packs worth P2.25 million to affected towns of Kapalong, Asuncion and Dujali, all in the province of Davao del Norte.

More than P22.66 million standby funds and food and non-food items including family food packs were allocated by DSWD for disaster relief operations in Davao Region.

To date, total number of damaged houses is 84, all partially destroyed in the municipality of Kapalong, Davao del Norte.

In Soccsksargen Region, a total of 2,929 families composed of 14,645 individuals were affected in seven barangays of Kabacan, North Catabato.

Soliman directed the DSWD Quick Response Teams and Social Welfare and Development Teams in the regions affected by ‘Crising’ to monitor the extent of damage brought about by the weather disturbance, particularly the flashflood and landslide prone areas and to assist LGUs in disaster relief operations.