• Assistance to victims of ‘habagat’, ‘Maring’ reaches over P21 million

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    THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said on Thursday that more than P21 million worth of food and non-food assistance has been distributed to the victims of torrential rains brought by habagat and tropical storm Maring.

    According to DSWD Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman, of the said total amount, about P9,300,000 came from the national government through DSWD, while some P12,267,000 came from the local government fund.

    Secretary Soliman said that certain non-governmental organizations (NGOs) also provided assistance amounting to some P386,400.

    Soliman said that as of Thursday morning, the DSWD is set to shift its concentrated efforts towards providing needed assistance to victims of severe flooding in the provinces in Central Luzon.

    She said that intermittent rains have already affected 363,246 families or about 1.73 million people.

    According to Soliman, most of those affected are in the provinces of Pampanga, Bulacan, Zambales and Tarlac.

    She added that a total number of 709 evacuation centers were mobilized to serve those directly affected.

    She also said that majority of the evacuation sites are in Region 3 and Region 4-A while in Metro Manila they are expecting of gradual diminish in the number of affected families as “Maring” move-out and left the country.

    She said that DSWD is still serving about 48,206 families comprising 278,195 individuals in evacuation centers.

    Soliman also reiterated the assurance that there are still enough preposition relief supplies for affected families.

    She also said that those areas where relief goods were not received or has encountered problems in the delivery may check and verify by calling or texting 09209463766 their evacuation center, municipality or province. PNA

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