By: Marites Toledo
WITHOUT funfair and photo ops with President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo on Monday ordered the release of more than P206 Million worth of assistance to 27 local government units (LGUs) hit by typhoon Nina.
Taguiwalo said the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) leadership decided to release such huge assistance “to ensure enough relief supplies [are given to the] families affected by typhoon Nina.”
She said that the P206,358,416.38 consisted of 580,857 family food packs; 2,459 ready-to-eat meals; 1,585 malong; 885 mosquito net; 885 blankets; and, 585 dignity kits.
These are apart from the goods that have already been prepositioned to the LGUs, she said.
The assistance of the DSWD placed in different packages will be distributed to the 27 LGUs by the department’s Quick Reaction Teams (QRTs) as ordered by Taguiwalo over the weekend.
Aside from these, the DSWD will also provide mobile communications vehicle and high speed internet service to the Response Cluster Operations Center at the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council to facilitate speedy monitoring of situations in affected areas.
The DSWD-Disaster Response Operations, Monitoring and Information Center (DROMIC) revealed that there were 22, 676 families, or 95,774 persons residing from 291 barangays in Regions MIMAROPA, V, and VIII were displaced by the typhoon as of 5:00 a.m. on Monday.
Of this figure, 20,624 families, or 87,157 persons, were brought to 310 evacuation centers set up by LGUs.
The provinces that were severely hit by typhoon Nina got millions worth of initial assistance from the DSWD, Taguiwalo said.
Camarines Sur got P3.1 million, Albay received P1.6 million, and Sorsogon has P1.4 million.
Sec. Taguiwalo assured the victims from the 27 LGUs that the DSWD has enough relief supplies for the affected families.
“To the affected families, you may approach your LGUs. Goods have already been prepositioned to them,” Taguiwalo stressed.
She also said the heads of the 27 LGUs should not be worried about the assistance because the Duterte administration is definitely prepared for the unfortunate calamity that strike the country on December 25.