DSWD provides assistance to typhoon victims

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Cordillera Administrative Region- As of 3 November 2018, the Cordillera office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD-CAR) provided assistance amounting to P 2,072,364.25 with additional assistance worth P684,200.20 from the local government units, P 6,190.00 from non-government organizations and P4,210.00 from other sources. A total of P2,766,964.45 was given to families affected by Typhoon Rosita.

Aside from the family food packs and non-food relief items, the department also closely coordinated with the local government units for the early recovery of the affected individuals.

“We are doing our best to provide the necessary interventions to our communities affected by Typhoon Rosita”, DSWD-CAR OIC Regional Director Janet P. Armas said.

On 1 November 2018, DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista together with Director Armas, DSWD Region II Director Leonardo Reynoso, other partners and stakeholders convened to create strategies to reach the communities affected by the said typhoon.

“Due to landslides, there were areas that were isolated. It was very difficult for us to reach these areas but with the assistance of our partners, relief items have been delivered,” Armas added.

3,000 family food packs will be provided to Natonin, Mountain Province; 1,000 family food packs will be delivered to Paracelis, Mountain Province, and an additional 700 food packs have been requested for Brgy. Anonang in Paracelis.

A total of 22, 010 family food packs have been released by the field office to various municipalities which can be distributed to Typhoon Rosita victims, of which, 4,170 are provided for Benguet Province, 5,850 for Ifugao, 1,970 for Mountain Province, and 5,000 family food packs each for Abra and Kalinga.

As of 4 p.m. of 3 November 2018, the DSWD-CAR maintained a total of 31,060 family food packs (FFPs) available at the DSWD-CAR Warehouse, Puguis, La Trinidad, Benguet, amounting to  PhP 11,200,431.35; and food and non-food items (FNIs) amounting to PhP 32,943,454.38.

The DSWD-CAR has provided PhP 481,512.50 worth of assistance to the province, 401,015.25 to Benguet, PhP 284,812.00 to Abra PhP 192,258.00 to Apayao, PhP 162,574.50 to Ifugao and PhP 545,592.00 to Kalinga.

Meanwhile, the DSWD will also provide PhP 5,000.00 financial assistance to the families of the individuals affected by the landslide in Natonin in addition to the burial assistance that will cover the funeral service of the casualties.

“Our personnel have already conducted interviews and assessments of the families of the casualties in the Natonin landslide. Aside from this, we are also closely monitoring the status of our evacuation centers to ensure that the needs of our evacuees are attended to,”  Director Armas said.

“We would like to extend our heartfelt sympathy to all those who have been affected by Typhoon Rosita in the region. The DSWD-CAR, with the help of all our partners and stakeholders, will do its best to assist you in your journey towards recovery,” Director Armas said.

By Nerizza Faye G. Villanueva

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