ILOILO CITY: The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has released P862.5 million worth of relief goods equivalent to 1,184,406 food packs for the six provinces comprising Western Visayas.
DSWD Assistant Regional Director Joel Galicia said Aklan received 173,321 food packs amounting to P56.8 million; Antique, 145,498 food packs worth P118.9 million; Capiz, 417,916 packs valued at P380.6 million; Iloilo, 402,289 food packs costing P294.4 million; Negros Occidental, 45,297 food packs worth P11.8 million; and Guimaras, 85 packs costing P22,185.
“The relief goods that we have released have greatly helped typhoon Yolanda survivors, especially now that we are on the lean months and disaster months,” Galicia said.
The amount took a big leap from the P154 million in January as the DSWD released the second round of relief distribution on the first and second quarters of this year.
Each food pack contained 10 canned sardines, 10 corned beef, 20 packs of noodles and 20 sachets of 3-in-1 coffee.
Aside from the assistance given to typhoon survivors by DSWD, the World Food Program (WFP) also released 105,812 sacks of rice amounting to P93.4 million.
In addition, a total of 10,565 shelters were built in Iloilo province by Internal Humanitarian Organizations (IHOs).
Shelter Roofing materials were also distributed to 51,479 beneficiaries. These comprised of G.I. sheets and tarpaulins. A total of 85,302 beneficiaries were provided with tool kits such as hammer and wood saw.
The DSWD said it will soon release P94 million through the Cash for Building Livelihood Assets (CBLA) program for 23,396 beneficiaries. This is sourced from donations received by the government.
The program gives cash in exchange of community work at P287 per day for 15 days per person. Most of the beneficiaries will be coming from Iloilo province with 11,202; followed by Capiz, 5,750; Aklan, 3,400; and Antique, 2,944.
Further, the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of the department will be releasing P6.4 million livelihood assistance to 909 beneficiaries from the four provinces.