In an effort to ensure that the needs of our fellowmen and women, who are currently in Tawi-Tawi and Sulu, are given sufficient supply of food and other necessities, amidst the instability in Sabah, Malaysia, the Department of Social Welfare and Development, in coordination with DSWD ARMM and the Department of Agriculture, has sent a total of 1000 sacks of rice and 1,500 food packs to Jolo, Sulu and another 1000 sacks of rice and 1500 food packs to Bonggao, Tawi-Tawi. In addition to this, 500 food packs have also been sent to Basilan.
“The food packs, which include rice, noodles, and canned goods, have also been shipped through a naval vessel from Bonggao, Tawi-Tawi to Taganak, Turtle Island. It takes 8 hours of travel given that the waves are high during these times. These food packs will be for approximately 512 individuals who went to Turtle Island, Tawi-Tawi from Sandakan. Mayor Tang of Taganak is coordinating with Secretary Soliman during the weekend.
Furthermore, there were 432 displaced individuals from Sabah, who have been processed by social workers from DSWD-ARMM since March 8, 2012.The services extended to them include counseling, stress debriefing and provision of food packs. Requests for Sustainable livelihood assistance are also being facilitated for the displaced families. The 432 had gone back to their respective towns. A total of PhP500,000 pesos has been downloaded to DSWD in Tawi-Tawi to secure that there is enough funds to support relief assistance.
“Patuloy po ang pakikipagtulungan at pakikipag-isap namin sa Regional Government of ARMM, WESTMINCOM, maging ang DILG-ARMM, para siguraduhin na sapat at natutugunan ang pangangailangnan ng ating mga kababayan sa Tawi-Tawi at Sulu. Patuloy rin po ang pagmomonitor at assessment ng supply, lalo na ng pagkain, sa mga lugar na ito.” Secretary Soliman concluded. ###