P4.9M worth of aid ex­tended to ‘Rosita’af­fected fam­i­lies

Palawan Daily News - - Region -

A to­tal of P4.9 mil­lion worth of re­lief as­sis­tance has been pro­vided to fam­i­lies af­fected by Typhoon Rosita as of 7 am, Novem­ber 1, com­ing from the com­bined re­sources of the Depart­ment of So­cial Wel­fare and De­vel­op­ment (DSWD), lo­cal govern­ment units (LGUs), non-govern­ment or­ga­ni­za­tions, and other groups.

DSWD Sec­re­tary Rolando Bautista said that dis­as­ter teams from the dif­fer­ent field of­fices of the Depart­ment in ar­eas af­fected by ‘Rosita’ con­tinue to as­sist LGUs in their re­lief op­er­a­tions.

“I com­mend our dis­as­ter teams for re­spond­ing to the call of duty,” Sec. Bautista said rec­og­niz­ing the sac­ri­fices of per­son­nel who are on the ground to as­sist evac­uees this All Saints Day.

As of press time, a to­tal of 36,600 fam­i­lies or 136,647 per­sons from 1,143 barangays, 193 cities/mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, and 20 prov­inces in Regions I, II, III, VIII, and CAR have been af­fected by the typhoon.

Around 492 evac­u­a­tion cen­ters pro­vid­ing tem­po­rary shel­ter to 12, 866 fam­i­lies or 49, 470 per­sons re­main open in the af­fected regions.

To en­sure that ad­di­tional needs of af­fected fam­i­lies are im­me­di­ately met, the DSWD Na­tional Re­source Op­er­a­tions Cen­ter in Pasay City sent ₱17,712,000 worth of fam­ily food packs and P3,559,500 worth of non-food Items to DSWD-Field Of­fices II, III, and the Cordillera Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­gion (CAR). Th­ese are ready for dis­tri­bu­tion to LGUs upon re­quest for re­source aug­men­ta­tion.

Mean­while, trained staff from the United Na­tions Chil­dren’s Fund (UNICEF)) and United Na­tions Pop­u­la­tion Fund (UNFPA) are on standby to pro­vide gen­der-based and child pro­tec­tion re­sponse.

The DSWD con­tin­u­ously co­or­di­nates with the Lo­gis­tics Clus­ter of the Na­tional Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion and Man­age­ment Coun­cil (NDRRMC) for the avail­abil­ity of air, sea and land as­sets for the mo­bi­liza­tion of re­lief goods to af­fected ar­eas, when nec­es­sary.

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