Relief for storm-hit LGUs readied

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A total of 116,815 family food packs amounting to more than P30.7 million has been prepared by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for distribution to augment the resources of local government units (LGU) affected by Tropical Depression Queenie.

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Apart from the food packs, the Department also set aside almost P7 million in standby funds for the purchase of emergency relief supplies.

As of 10 a.m. on Thursday, the DSWD has recorded a total of 224 families or 1,023 persons affected by the weather disturbance, all from the CARAGA Region where Queenie made landfall on Wednesday.

Fifteen evacuation centers were immediately opened by LGUs in the region to provide temporary shelter to 206 families or 899 persons who fled their homes due to heavy rains and flooding.

The evacuation centers are located in the towns of San Jose and Dinagat in Dinagat Islands; Socorro and Dapa in Surigao del Norte; and, Hinatuan, Cagwit, and Bayabas in Surigao Del Sur.

DSWD-CARAGA Director Minda Brigoli said they are closely coordinating with LGUs for the needs of the affected families.

The Field Office has 12,000 family food packs ready to augment the resources of affected LGUs, and another 16,000 family food packs on stockpile.

Presently, the Quick Response Teams of DSWD-Field Offices along Queenie’s path have been activated and continue to coordinate with LGUs for immediate provision of appropriate assistance to affected families.

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