‘Relief goods need not be surrendered to officials’

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Relief goods need not be surrendered to the local officials but there should be stronger coordination with concerned local government units, stressed Department Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Dinky Soliman.

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“In times of crisis, we should help one another and not engage in politics,” she added.

As of Thursday, the DSWD reported a total of 198,113 family packs have been distributed to 39 towns including Tagbilaran City by the combined team of DSWD, Provincial Government of Bohol, and non-government organizations.

Besides food items, the DSWD also provided 153 rolls of laminated plastic tents to be used as temporary shelter of families from the towns of Loon, Maribojoc, Catigbian, San Isidro, Cortes, Tubigon, San Miguel, Antequerra, Dagohoy, Carmen, Batuan, Sikatuna, Sierra Bullones, Dimiao, Pilar, Bilar, Sagbayan, Corella and Trinidad.

From the initial 109 evacuation centers, only 81 are now open. The number of community-based evacuation sites still remains at 22.

“We are now on the second cycle of relief distribution. We have also partnered with local and international humanitarian groups to begin planning for the early recovery and rehabilitation efforts,” Secretary Soliman added.

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