The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has so far delivered P12.5 million worth of relief supplies to augment the resources of local government units (LGUs) affected by flooding brought about by heavy downpour due to the Southwest Monsoon or ‘Habagat’.
Of the total cost of assistance, the bulk amounting to P12.18 million went to LGUs in the National Capital Region (NCR). To date, DSWD has delivered a total of 16,500 family food packs (FFPs) and 11,370 non-food items, composed of 10,000 sleeping kits and 1,370 mats, to the affected LGUs in the region.
Yesterday, DSWD Secretary Virginia “Gee” N. Orogo, along with the Department’s other officials, visited the evacuees at H. Bautista Elementary School at Barangay Concepcion Uno, Marikina City. Sec. Orogo checked on the condition of the residents, who fled their homes due to the swelling of the Marikina River, and led the distribution of food packs for them.
DSWD Field Offices in other affected regions are coordinating closely with LGUs for the provision of augmentation assistance. LGUs in Regions I, III, and CALABARZON provided cooked food to the evacuees in their respective jurisdictions.
Based on the 6:00 AM report of the DSWD-Disaster Response Management Bureau (DRMB), the inclement weather has affected a total of 28,101 families or 132,259 individuals in NCR, Regions I and III, CALABARZON, and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).
Some 14,082 families or 62,584 persons are currently staying in 140 evacuation centers (ECs) in the affected regions, majority are in CALABARZON and NCR with 52 and 39 evacuation centers, respectively.
Sec. Orogo continues to remind the public to be alert and to always heed the warnings issued by their barangays and LGUs.
“We call on our fellow citizens to be vigilant and to coordinate with local disaster agencies in their communities,” the Secretary said.
“Rest assured that the DSWD will continue to coordinate closely with the affected LGUs and with their City and Municipal Social Welfare and Development Offices (MSWDO) for the provision of further assistance and augmentation support,” she added. ###