Social Welfare and Development Secretary Dinky Soliman recently expressed commendation to local and foreign donors for their tremendous support to the victims of typhoon ‘Pablo.’ “Your overwhelming support and generosity will go a long way in helping the victims and survivors begin life anew. We are very greatful to those who offered their material, financial, emotional as well as spiritual support to typhoon victims,” the Secretary said.
As of January 7, 2013, the Department of Social Welfare and Development received P26,540,898.25 and US$100,300.00 donations, while in-kind foreign donations reached a total of P36,322,313.33 broken down into food, P5,070,176.68, and non-food, P31, 252,136.65.
In Davao Region, on the other hand, which was the hardest hit by typhoon Pablo, the DSWD regional office to date, received a sum of P3,288,129.25 cash donation.
According to Secretary Soliman, cash donations may be deposited to the DSWD XI Regular Trust Fund with DBP Account No. 0915-010155-030 or donors may go directly to the DSWD XI Cashier’s Office at R. Magsaysay Ave., Davao City.
Meanwhile, to facilitate systematic distribution of relief goods, the DSWD calls on donors to properly register so that they will be duly acknowledged and to ease the equitable distribution of relief assistance. “With this procedure, we can best prevent over-serving or under-serving any community,” Secretary Soliman said.
As of January 7, the DSWD provided a total of P3,730,000.00 as financial assistance to families in Davao Region whose members perished. The total cost of assistance extended by DSWD to typhoon Pablo victims in Region XI is P402,980,724.64 which covers food and non-food items.
Secretary Soliman also reiterated her call for volunteers to help repack relief goods at the Disaster Relief Operations Center at the DSWD Depot in Panacan, Davao City. DSWD FO XI has set-up hotline numbers: 0917-6429366 (Globe), 0928-8681532 (Smart), and 0922-7710061 (Sun). The public can also get additional information and updates on relief and rehabilitation efforts for typhoon ‘Pablo’ at the DSWD official website www.dswd.gov.ph. ###