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DSWD continues to assist ‘Mario’ evacuees

Tropical Storm Mario may now be on its way out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility, but it left some 189,608 families or 797,729 persons from nine regions, including Northern Luzon, reeling from its aftermath, as of 4 am today.

Of this, a total of 36,268 families or 161,745 persons are still in 380 evacuation centers.

In NCR, 59 evacuation centers continue to provide temporary shelter to  6,349  families or 28,071 persons. The number of temporary shelters here have gone down to almost half since the onslaught of ‘Mario’ as evacuees started to return home.

Northern Luzon, on the other hand, just started to open 33 evacuation centers serving 1,003 families or 3,833 persons.

In Central Luzon, 17,294 families with 79,315 persons still remain in 114 evacuation centers.

Southern Luzon still has 127 evacuation centers  housing 10,551 families or 45,860 persons with Rizal Province having the most number.

As of press time, DSWD has distributed some 45,371 family food packs worth P20.1 million as resource augmentation to affected local government units (LGUs).

Members of the Social Welfare and Development Teams who continue to assess the extent of ‘Mario’ in the affected regions reported some 863 damaged houses of which 117 were totally destroyed while 746 were partially damaged. ###

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DSWD releases P5.18-M in aid for ‘Mario’ evacuees

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has already provided P5.18 million-worth of relief assistance to local government units (LGUs) affected by Tropical Storm Mario, as of 4 am today.

This includes 9,180 family food packs for the affected LGUs in the National Capital Region (NCR) and 4,170 packs for Southern Luzon. Boxes of bottled water and pieces of used cloths were also given to the evacuees from Rizal Province.

As of reporting time, some 132,850 families or 600,606 persons from NCR, Central Luzon, Southern Luzon, Bicol Region, and Central Visayas have been affected by ‘Mario’.

Of this, a total of 45,004 families or 205,304 persons are inside 404 evacuation centers.

In NCR, some 186 evacuation centers remain open serving 19,852 families or 86,459 persons. Valenzuela City posted the most number of evacuation centers with 39 providing temporary shelter to 2,318 families or 8,963 persons.

In Central Luzon, some 14,013 families or 68,160 persons are staying in 61 evacuation centers.
In Southern Luzon, 133 evacuation centers are providing shelter to some 10,613 families or 48,063. Specifically in Rizal which suffered massive floods due to heavy rainfall, some 116 evacuation centers continue to serve 10,335 families or 46,587 persons.

The Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) also reported 72 family-evacuees or 302 persons now staying in four evacuation centers around the region.

DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman was at the National Resource Operations Center (NROC) in Pasay City yesterday to monitor the disaster operations.

She has instructed all DSWD-Field Offices to continue to be on alert to monitor and assess the extent of the disaster, and to coordinate with LGUs for additional assistance that they need. ###

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More evacuation centers open for ‘Mario’ evacuees

As heavy rainfall brought about by Tropical Storm Mario continues, there are now 146 evacuation centers providing temporary shelter to 13,247 families or 61,167 persons from Central and Southern Luzon, Bicol Region, Central Visasyas, and the National Capital Region (NCR), as of 3 pm.

In NCR, from 16 evacuation centers this morning, there are now 113 evacuation centers providing temporary shelter to 10,320 families or 51,772 persons. Twelve of the 17 local government units (LGUs) in Metro Manila have evacuation centers. Cities of Quezon, Caloocan Marikina have  the most number with 22 each.

n Central Luzon, 16 evacuation centers are open serving 963 families or 3,629 persons.

In Southern Luzon, seven evacuation centers are now providing shelter to 1,762 families or 5,360 persons.

Bicol Region has five evacuation centers serving 164 families and Central Visayas also has five serving 38 families.

To date, some 2,700 family food packs  have been provided to Quezon City; 2,000 to Marikina City; 1,500 to Caloocan City; and, 1,000 to Manila.

Likewise, 850 family food packs were extended to Rodriguez and 700 packs to San Mateo both in Rizal province.

DSWD social workers continue to assist LGUs in the management of evacuation centers.  ###

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DSWD releases P6.6 -M worth of aid for Mayon evacuees

Legazpi City, Albay -  The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has provided P6.6 million worth of assistance to the province to meet the needs of  families who fled their homes due to the increasing unrest of Mt. Mayon.

This includes essential kits, family food packs, assorted food items, and  non-food items.

Likewise,  the National Resource Operations Center (NROC)  in Pasay City delivered to DSWD-Field Office V food and non-food items worth P8,501,350 consisting of 1,890 sacks of NFA rice; 10,000 pieces of malong; 10,000 pieces of mosquito nets; 10,000 pieces of plastic mats; and, 10,000 pieces of dust masks.

NROC is the command center and national warehouse of DSWD where disaster operations are monitored, and relief goods are stored and re-packed.

As of 3 pm,  some 29 evacuation centers remain open serving 7,394 families or 32,333 individuals.

Members of the Social Welfare and Development Teams continue to work with disaster risk reduction management councils and local government units to monitor the situation and to assist in the management of evacuation centers.  ###

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DSWD leads National Family Week celebration

Families nationwide are urged to celebrate the National Family Week from September 20-26.

“This is an opportune time to strengthen family unity and relationships especially for those families who went through difficult times because of the series of disasters,” Department of Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said.

The National Committee on the Filipino Family (NCFF), chaired by DSWD and composed of member-agencies of the government, non-government organizations, and faith-based groups, will  spearhead the celebration.

This year’s event carries the theme “Celebrating the Filipino Families: Resilient and Caring” which gives recognition to the Filipino families’ indomitable spirit and compassion, to which the Philippines is globally known for.

The event is a yearly celebration in accordance with Presidential Proclamation No. 60 signed on September 28, 1992 and Executive Order No. 241 dated June 9, 1995.

The NCFF has lined up various activities to mark the weeklong event.

In recognition of the emerging issues being faced by the Filipino family, DSWD will conduct the 3rd Family Conference on September 24 in Valenzuela City. Family advocates from different government agencies, local government units, and  civil society organizations will come together and discuss issues such as family disaster preparedness, child pornography, and influence of drugs in the family, among others.

Also a highlight of the Family Week celebration is the program recognizing model Filipino families through the Huwarang Pamilyang Pilipino Awards to be held on September 26 at Valenzuela City.

Culminating the event is a Family Day Caravan on September 28 (Sunday) at the Philippine Sports Arena, Pasig City from 10:00am-12:00nn.

The caravan, with the theme “Sama-samang Pagdiriwang ng Magandang Pagbabago sa Buhay ng Pamilyang Pilipino” is a simultaneous gathering of family-beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program  from different regions nationwide.

It  pays tribute to the resilient Pantawid Pamilya families who never lost hope amid challenges, proving that poor families when given the opportunity can indeed help themselves improve their lives.

The NCFF also supports the observance of the “Kainang Pamilya Mahalaga Day”every 4th Monday of September as declared by  Presidential Proclamation No.326 signed by President Benigno S. Aquino in January 2012.   This enjoins all  families to spend meal  times together with their members. ###

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25 evacuation centers set-up in ‘Mario’-hit areas

As Tropical Storm Mario continues to batter Central Visayas and expanded its reach to Luzon including Metro Manila,   the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has recorded  94,747 families or 436,539 persons affected by the weather disturbance.

As of 10 am,  some 25 evacuation centers  are open providing temporary shelter to 1,276 families or 6,406 persons.

In the National Capital Region (NCR),  there are 16 evacuation centers of which ten are in  Quezon City serving 317 families or 1,583 persons, four in Manila housing 410 families or 2,050 persons, and  two in Marikina with 126 families or 630 persons.

In Rizal Province, four evacuation centers are operational serving 385 families or 1,925 persons.

In Central Visayas which experienced heavy rainfall since yesterday,  five evacuation centers remain open.

More evacuation centers will open as reports from local government units (LGUs) will come in.

DSWD-Field Offices along ‘Mario’s’ path are on alert status with standby funds amounting to P35 million for the purchase of emergency relief supplies.

Some 91,531 family packs are also prepositioned in these Field Offices ready to augment resources of affected LGUs.

DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said that members of the Social Welfare and Development (SWAD) Teams continue to coordinate with LGUs  to determine the extent of the disaster and to identify other appropriate services needed by affected families. ###

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DSWD preps relief for Mayon evacuees

Legazpi City, Albay – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and concerned local government units (LGUs) are closely monitoring the increased volcanic activities of Mt. Mayon following its Alert Level 3 status.

As of 4 am, some 4,742 families or 21,092 individuals from the municipalities of Camalig, Daraga, Guinobatan, Malilipot, and Ligao, and Tabaco City are now staying in 18 evacuation centers.

DSWD already provided a total of P735,172 worth of family food packs, assorted food items, and assorted non-food items to the Province of Albay.

DSWD-Field Office V had already prepositioned 2,000 family packs for augmentation to areas that may be affected by the eruption of Mt. Mayon.  It also has standby funds amounting to P5,165,014.43 for the purchase of emergency relief supplies.

Moreover, some 119,726 assorted food items worth P4,039,345.70 and other non-food items worth P14,807,887.73 are being earmarked and are ready to augment resources of  LGUs, if needed.

Governor Joey Salceda has requested for augmentation assistance from DSWD that includes 8,964 bags of rice to feed some 10,546 families for 17 days. ###

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Once-bereaved mother finds solace through volunteer work

Charina shares her involvement in the Kalahi-CIDSS project.

Charina shares her involvement in the Kalahi-CIDSS project.

A once-bereaved mother said that becoming a volunteer for a project of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has helped her forget the pain of losing two of her four children.

Charina David from Paliparan III, Dasmarinas, Cavite, lost a child who had cerebral palsy. And soon after, another child died driving the grief-stricken mother to gambling.

“Natuto po akong magsugal para lamang makalimutan ang sakit na dala ng pagkamatay ng aking dalawang anak  (I learned to gamble to temporarily forget the pain of losing my two children),” Charina narrated before officials and employees of the

DSWD, where she was invited to share how she gained renewed strength from the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) Japan Social Development Fund-Livelihood for Vulnerable Urban Communities (JSDF-LVUC).

JSDF-LVUC is implemented in urban areas to provide livelihood support for communities affected by poverty.

Using the community-driven development (CDD) strategy of Kalahi-CIDSS, residents identify what livelihood interventions they need. In the case of Dasmariñas, interested residents were provided trainings in refrigeration and air conditioning (RAC) servicing, dressmaking, and consumer electronics.

At the same time, they also got infrastructure projects, specifically the improvement of a 285.15 km concrete line canal with a provision of 1,265.34 linear meter canal cover, and declogging of 29,743.2 linear meter line canal.

According to Charina, being involved in the Kalahi-CIDSS as Chairperson of the Community Sub-Project Management Implementation Committee (CSPMIC) positively changed her life.

“Dahil sa pagiging abala ko bilang volunteer sa KALAHI-CIDSS, naging malakas ang aking loob, nakalimutan ko ang aking pinagdadaan, at nagkaroon ako ng tiwala sa aking sarili  (Because of KALAHI-CIDSS,  I became empowered, I overcome my depression,  and gained self-confidence),” Charina enthused.

“Bilang isang Community Volunteer ng JSDF-LVUC  Project, nagkaroon ako ng kaalaman tungkol sa aming barangay, katulad ng pagsusuri kung ano ang aming kalagayan, pati na  ang  mga suliranin kung kaya’t ito ay nagkaroon ng solusyon sa pamamagitan ng proyekto (As a community volunteer of JSDF-LVUC Project, I gained knowledge about the situation in our barangay, such as analyzing our problems and coming up with solutions through the project),” Charina shared.

“Sa pag-implement ng project ay nakasalamuha ko ang iba’t ibang tao,  kabilang po rito ang mga local na opisyal ng aming LGU (In implementing the project, I mingled with all kinds of people, including our local officials),” she continued.

Being productive

Charina also emphasized that because of Kalahi-CIDSS, she became productive.

Aside from being the CSPMIC Chairperson on Infrastructure, she was also one of the beneficiaries of a skills training program, graduating from the dressmaking course of the Technical Education and Skills Development  Authority (TESDA).

“Natutunan naming mahalaga po palang makilahok tayo upang magkaroon ng kaalaman sa ating pamayanan. Salamat sa Kalahi-CIDSS, naging maayos at maganda ang aming buhay  (We learned that it is important to be involved so we would know what is going on in our community. Thanks to Kalahi-CIDSS, our lives became better),” she concluded.

“Kaya pala nating lampasan ang lahat ng ating pinagdaraanan basta mayroon tayong makabuluhang gawain sa halip na magbisyo (We can rise above our depression as long as we focus our attention on worthwhile endeavors rather than to drown ourselves into vices),” Charina said.

Urban CDD

Originally exclusively covering rural areas, Kalahi-CIDSS began its urban CDD pilot through JSDF-LVUC in 2011 in Barangay Ligtong III in Rosario, Cavite and in three communities in Malate, Manila.

As of September 15,  Kalahi-CIDSS JSDF-LVUC was able to implement 46 sub-projects, of which 17 are infrastructure sub-projects and 29 are vocational technical skills training sub-projects, benefiting 4,494 individuals from nine barangays in four municipalities in Cavite, five barangays in  two municipalities in Laguna, and  three barangays in Malate, Manila.

Ten barangays in Malabon and six in Muntinlupa are also undergoing pre-implementation activities for the program. ###

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