DSWD assists local governments in disaster response

Report
from Government of the Philippines
Published on 16 Jul 2014 View Original

From the Department of Social Welfare and Development

With typhoon Glenda already inland, all members of the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) quick response teams (QRTs) on the regional level and the Social Welfare and Development (SWAD) teams on the provincial level along the typhoon’s path are now on field to assess the impact of the disaster and to assist local government units in disaster response.

These teams continue to send in reports to the Office of the Secretary-Disaster Response Operations Monitoring and Information Center (OSEC-DROMIC) at the Central Office.

As of 6:00 a.m. in the Bicol Region where Glenda made landfall, 31,422 families or 137,259 persons from Albay, Catanduanes, and Masbate have evacuated to 64 evacuation centers.

Other areas along Glenda’s path

In Eastern Visayas, 5,335 families or 7,318 persons were displaced coming from 39 barangays in 9 municipalities and 2 cities. Some 221 houses have been reported damaged. DSWD-Field Office VIII activated its Operation ANGKAS (Alliance of Networks for Stranded Center) to assist the stranded at Allen Port in Northern Samar. Hot meals were provided by the local government unit, while 2,000 food packs and bus transportation for two days will be provided by the Field units.

In Central Luzon, in Aurora, 27 families or 133 persons are now staying at the evacuation centers at the Angara Hall, Methodist Church, and Ibunan National High School.

In Bulacan, 45 families or 124 persons were displaced. They are now staying at the evacuation centers at the Obando National High School and Salambao Elementary School.

In Pampanga, 47 families or 187 persons are now staying at Pavillion evacuation center.

In Zambales, 16 families or 54 persons are now staying at the North Central Elementary School.

In the National Capital Region (NCR), 150 families with 750 individuals were displaced.

With office work suspended in government offices in NCR, Secretary of Social Welfare and Development Corazon Juliano-Soliman has directed all personnel of the Department involved in disaster response and in provision of essential services to report for work and be on full alert 24/7.