DSWD pours in P7M aid to earthquake victims in Bohol

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The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said Monday that it has already poured in almost P7 million worth of relief goods in Bohol province and exhausting all possible efforts to reach affected families in isolated towns.

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According to DSWD Secretary Corazon J. Soliman, a total of 25,957 family food packs, amounting to P6.98 million, were already distributed to the most affected towns in Bohol.

These towns, Soliman said are Alburquerque, Alicia, Antequera, Balilihan, Batuan, Buenavista, Calape, Carmen, Catigbian, Clarin, Cortes, Dagohoy, Danao, Dauis, Inabanga, Lila, Loay, Loboc, Loon, Maribojoc, Panglao, Sagbayan, San Isidro, San Miguel, Sevilla, Tubigon, and Tagbilaran City, all in Bohol.

Soliman said that they had exhausted all possible efforts to distribute family food packs, especially to the isolated towns where the roads are impassable due to the destroyed bridges that connect to the mainland.

The DSWD chief also said that she was thankful to those who had helped department to complete its efforts of reaching-out to the isolated quake-affected victims who really needs immediate assistance.

“The distribution would not be possible without the help from the Provincial Government of Bohol who provided us their trucks, the Philippine Navy and Philippine Coast Guards for their vessels, and choppers from the Philippine Air Force,” she added.

Soliman said the DSWD has distributed 61 rolls of laminated plastic sacks as temporary shelters for victims.

“A team of engineers will also start constructing tents for 2,000 affected families” she further added.

Soliman also said that construction of makeshift hospital tents in Carmen town is on-going and expected to be completed Tuesday.

She said similar makeshift hospital will be constructed in Loon, Maribojoc, and Sagbayan.

The DSWD chief also lauded concerned citizens and private sector in Cebu who have also provided support and assistance to Bohol.

According to Soliman, Julies Franchise Corporation, a bake shop company which is always supportive to DSWD’s projects donated P50,000 worth of Bayan Sliced Bread while Cherry Mobile and Intuitive Solutions donated assorted food items like sardines and biscuits.

The Rotary Club of Cebu also gave assorted canned goods and seven boxes of noodles.

About P6-million check was also turned over from the Senate savings fund for the rehabilitation of affected victim of earthquake-stricken areas in Central Visayas and also those affected by tropical storm “Santi”.

The donation came from the Senate’s savings fund after the senators had decided on a caucus that they will transfer their savings to DSWD to assist in the rehabilitation of the affected victims in Central Visayas.

Meanwhile, DSWD Undersecretary Parisya H. Taradji lauded the Senate and other government officials and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) who contributed to the effort of providing assistance to the relief and rehabilitation of DSWD for the affected victims of disasters that hit some parts of the country.

DSWD Field Office 7 Director Mercedita Jabagat also cited that there are also a number of private individuals who went to the DSWD regional office who gave donations either money or in kind. PNA

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