MANILA — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said Wednesday that continuous augmentation of relief resources for local government units (LGU) in CARAGA Region affected by Typhoon Seniang is being undertaken.
According to DSWD Secretary Corazon J. Soliman, the Department has provided a total of 300 family food packs amounting to Php125,496 to the LGU of Buenavista, Agusan Del Norte which were being distributed to the affected families.
Soliman also assured that the DSWD Field Office has Php35 million standby funds for the purchase of emergency relief resources.
She added that Php16 million-worth of prepositioned food packs are ready to be delivered to affected LGUs who will be requesting assistance as part of the improved form of disaster response by the Department.
Soliman said that the World Food Program (WFP), whom the Department has an existing partnership, had deployed winged van trucks in assisting for the delivery of the food packs to the designated and accessible relief or center hubs for faster distribution of food packs to the evacuees.
She also said that she has given instruction to all members of the Quick Response Teams (QRTs) in Field Offices along the typhoon path to continue to remain on 24-hour alert status and to coordinate with LGUs to ensure that needed assistance will be immediately provided to survivors.
A total of 10,840 families with 46,651 persons from 184 barangays in five cities and 34 municipalities in CARAGA region were affected by the typhoon.
Of the total, some 10,232 families or 44,399 persons are in the 195 evacuation centers of which 72 were newly opened by the LGUs with the assistance of DSWD-Field Office CARAGA.