Six teams were deployed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to undertake damage and needs assessment in the provinces of Aurora and Nueva Ecija, two of the provinces worst hit by typhoon “Lando” (Koppu).
DSWD Sec. Corazon Soliman said the result of the assessment would be the basis of recovery and rehabilitation programs and services that will be extended to the disaster victims.
Three teams will cover the towns of Baler, Casiguran, Dinalungan, and Dilasag in Aurora while the other three will cover the municipalities of Zaragoza, Cabanatuan, Aliaga and San Antonio in Nueva Ecija.
“We must now focus on recovery and rehabilitation of the devastated areas, and this will take an inter-agency effort,” Soliman said.
The teams are composed of representatives from different government agencies led by the Office of Civil Defense and DSWD, Department of Health, Philippine National Police, as cluster co-leads, and the humanitarian clusters of the Humanitarian Country Team of the United Nations and International Organizations.
As of 2 p.m. of Oct. 21, a total of 257,934 families or 1,287,269 persons have been affected. Of this number, 24,231 families or 109,605 persons are inside 432 evacuation centers managed by local government units.
A total of PHP26,559,528 worth of relief assistance has been provided to affected families.
Of this amount, PHP17,782,382 came from DSWD, PHP8,754,346 came from the LGUs, and PHP37,800 from the NGOs in Regions I, II, III, V and CAR.
An additional 1,000 family food packs were delivered to Casiguran via a C-130.
Another 1,000 family food packs were delivered to Baler, Aurora via a ten-wheeler truck as augmentation.
Continuous repacking of goods are being undertaken in DSWD warehouses to maintain the stockpile and for readiness of goods so that bringing of assistance will not be hampered. PNA