Agency mon­i­tor­ing 2,511 ‘Rosita’ af­fected fam­i­lies

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THE DE­PART­MENT of So­cial Wel­fare and De­vel­op­ment (DSWD) in the Cordillera con­tinue to mon­i­tor vic­tims of Typhoon Rosita.

As of Oc­to­ber 31, the agency has been mon­i­tor­ing around 2,511 fam­i­lies with 8,886 in­di­vid­u­als who have been af­fected by the typhoon ac­cord­ing to DSWD-CAR OIC re­gional di­rec­tor Janet Armas.

“Of the fam­i­lies we are mon­i­tor­ing, 1,386 are from Benguet, 518 are from Kalinga, 300 from Apayao, 116 from Moun­tain Prov­ince, 103 from Ifu­gao and 88 from Abra,” Armas said.

“We are in close co­or­di­na­tion with the lo­cal gov­ern­ment units in mon­i­tor­ing our com­mu­ni­ties. This is to en­sure that their needs will be prop­erly ad­dressed. We, in the DSWD, may not be able to pro­vide all of these, but we would like to as­sure the pub­lic that we will work with other agen­cies and in­sti­tu­tions and try our best to help them,” Armas added.

DSWD-CAR has ac­counted 2,270 fam­i­lies dis­placed due to the typhoon with 1,719 fam­i­lies stay­ing in­side 142 evac­u­a­tion cen­ters while 551 fam­i­lies are stay­ing with their friends or rel­a­tives.

“Our dis­placed fam­i­lies have con­ducted pre-emp­tive evac­u­a­tion and we are mon­i­tor­ing them through the lo­cal so­cial wel­fare and de­vel­op­ment of­fices and our So­cial Wel­fare and De­vel­op­ment Teams in the lo­cal­i­ties,” Armas added.

On Oc­to­ber 30, DSWD-CAR per­son­nel vis­ited var­i­ous evac­u­a­tion cen­ters to check the sit­u­a­tion of the evac­uees. Aside from pro­vid­ing food and non-food re­lief items, the DSWD can also pro­vide psy­choso­cial in­ter­ven­tions to the vic­tims.

Mean­while, DSWDCAR is also closely mon­i­tor­ing the vic­tims in the land­slide in­ci­dent in Na­tonin, Moun­tain Prov­ince.

“Our per­son­nel in Moun­tain Prov­ince are

work­ing with our part­ners on ground to pro­vide the nec­es­sary in­ter­ven­tions. We will pro­vide our ser­vices upon the as­sess­ment of our so­cial work­ers,” Armas added.

A to­tal of 12,655 fam­ily food packs have been re­leased by the field of­fice as of Oc­to­ber 30, to var­i­ous mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties which can be dis­trib­uted to typhoon vic­tims.

Ad­di­tional 28,710 fam­ily food packs is avail­able at the DSWDCAR Ware­house in Puguis, La Trinidad, Benguet for aug­men­ta­tion. The DSWDCAR is also main­tain­ing 321 dig­nity kits, 1655 fam­ily kits, 976 hy­giene kits, and 4,530 sleep­ing kits.

“We would like to ask our com­mu­ni­ties to closely co­or­di­nate with their re­spec­tive lo­cal gov­ern­ments as they are our part­ners in en­sur­ing that our in­ter­ven­tions will reach them. DSWD can also be reached through Mu­nic­i­pal Op­er­a­tions Of­fice and SWAD Of­fices in the ar­eas,” Armas added.

Photo by Jean Ni­cole Cortes

AID. De­part­ment of So­cial Wel­fare and De­vel­op­ment (DPWH) em­ploy­ees send 1,700 packs of re­lief goods to Kalinga, one of the hard­est hit ar­eas in the Cordillera dur­ing the on­slaught of Typhoon Rosita.

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