The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has provided almost P14 million worth of assistance to the local government units (LGUs) badly hit by Typhoon “Ulysses,” more than P4 million of which has been given to assist affected families in the Cagayan Valley. 

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(photo by Jansen Romero)

The DSWD vowed to continuously extend augmentation support to the areas ravaged by “Ulysses.”

“As of today, a total of ₱13,831,226.75 worth of assistance has already been provided by DSWD to the affected LGUs,” it said in a statement. 

It cited that the repacking activities of family food packs (FFPs) at the Field Offices continue “to replenish their relief resources and to ensure the continuous provision of aid to the affected families.”

“The Department, as lead agency in the Food and Non-Food Item (FNFI) Cluster of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council ensures the sufficiency of food and non-food items that can be augmented to local governments in the event of a calamity or disaster,” the DSWD said.

In Cagayan Valley, which was ravaged by “Ulysses,” around 5,000 FFPs have been delivered to Tuguegarao City as initial assistance and some 2,000 food packs have been initially provided to Solana, Cagayan. Some areas in Cagayan also received initial aid—Sta. Teresita with 807 FFPs, and Sta. Paxedes with 369 FFPs.

“To augment the resources of the FO II, DSWD National Resource Operations Center (NROC) is sending additional 10,000 food packs, 2,000 hygiene kits, and 2,000 sleeping kits to the region,” it said. 

Meanwhile, DSWD FO II also facilitated the hauling of 1,300 FFPs in the province of Quirino for distribution to the municipalities in the region, the DSWD said. 

The Department said the towns of Aglipay, Cabarroguis, Diffun, Nagtipunan, and Saguday were recipients of 200 FFPs each, while the municipality of Maddela was given 300 FFPs.

“Earlier today, DSWD, through its Field Office (FO) II, sent Family Food Packs (FFPs) amounting to more than P4 million to affected towns in the said region,” it reported.

The Department said Field Office II Director Fernando De Villa “is consistently coordinating with local chief executives in all affected municipalities to ensure that all the needs of affected families will be immediately addressed.”

The DSWD reported that on Nov. 13, 1,000 FFPs were delivered for the cities of Sta Rosa and San Pedro in Laguna. 

DSWD Field Office (FO) CALABARZON also facilitated the delivery of some 550 sacks of NFA rice from NFA Provincial Office in General Trias, Cavite to the FO’s warehouse in Dasmariñas. 

“The rice will be repacked and will form part of the FFPs which will be distributed to more affected families in the region,” the Department said. 

FO CALABARZON also allocated a total of 12,000 food packs to five municipalities in Polillo Island in the Quezon province. 

The DSWD said the food packs will be hauled from the FO’s Cavite warehouse and will be ferried on Monday, Nov. 16, to the affected municipalities with the help of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG). 

It assured that food packs have also been allocated  for the rest of the affected municipalities in Quezon.

The municipality of Siniloan in Laguna was also given additional food packs and those were given to the affected residents at Barangays Kapatalan and Wawa on Nov. 13 by the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office.

With the assistance  of Philippine National Police Regional Office I, DSWD FO I also hauled 1,540 FFPs to the FO’s satellite warehouses in Batac, Ilocos Norte; 2,000 food packs to Bantay, Ilocos Sur; and 700 FFPs to Urdaneta City, Pangasinan. The readied food packs will be provided as augmentation support to the affected LGUs in Ilocos region, the DSWD said. 

In the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), the DSWD FO in the region has provided 244 food packs and 69 family kits to affected families in Pinukpuk, Kalinga and 206 food packs to Luna, Apayao, it added. 

The DSWD, as chair of the Camp Coordination and Camp Management Cluster of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, also vowed to continuously assist LGUs in managing evacuation centers. 

The DSWD had reported that some 80,098 families or 303,055 persons are taking temporary shelter in 2,980 evacuation centers in the National Capital Region (NCR), Ilocos, Central Luzon, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Bicol and Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).

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