DSWD extends aid to ‘Butchoy’ victims

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The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is continuing its relief efforts to affected families in Region III and IV-A even as Typhoon Butchoy has left the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).

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DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo over the weekend asked affected citizens to report their situations on the ground and those who have not yet received assistance to coordinate with the respective DSWD field offices in their areas.

“Our thrust is to provide timely and responsive assistance to Filipinos during times of calamities. We can do this through coordinated efforts and communication between the Central Office and the DSWD Field Offices, and the DSWD FOs [Field Offices] and the citizenry. We have to work together to ensure that the help people need will reach them as soon as possible,” Taguiwalo said.

As of 7 p.m. on Saturday, a total of 73 families in the province of Bataan and Zambales in Region III and Batangas and Rizal in Region IV-A were in 11 evacuation centers while 272 families are outside evacuation centers.

In Region III, the DSWD-FO III provided a total of 200 family food packs in Bataan, 100 of these were distributed to displaced families in Hermosa, Bataan, and another 100 food packs were prepositioned to the DSWD Provincial Extension Office in the province.

As part of DSWD’s augmentation support, 60,000 family food packs from its National Resource Operations Center are now being delivered to DSWD Field Office III to ensure readiness to respond to any request from the affected LGUs.

Meanwhile, the DSWD Field Office in Region IV-A has prepositioned 1,000 family food packs in Rizal and 897 food packs in Batangas.

The field office is also constantly coordinating with response agencies and affected local government units (LGUs) for monitoring and appropriate actions.

In Metro Manila, DSWD FO in the National capital region monitored flooding in the cities of Mandaluyong, Pasay, Manila, Makati and Quezon City but no affected residential areas were reported and no evacuation happened.

DSWD disaster teams in all regions are still awaiting possible deployment and assistance in disaster operations.    

PNA

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