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DSWD assures enough relief supplies; to send more aid to ‘Nina’-hit areas

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To ensure enough relief supplies for families affected by Typhoon Nina, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Central Office is providing augmentation assistance amounting to P206,358,416.38 to 27 local government units (LGUs) that are currently being hit by the typhoon.

The assistance includes 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 on top of the goods that have been prepositioned to the LGUs.

Likewise, aside from relief supplies, the DSWD is providing 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.

As of 5am today, the DSWD-Disaster Response Operations, Monitoring and Information Center (DROMIC) reported that a total of 22, 676 families or 95,774 persons from 291 barangays in Regions MIMAROPA, V, and VIII have been affected. Of those affected, 20,624 families or 87,157 persons are currently staying in 310 evacuation centers set up and managed by LGUs.

There are also 16,106 passengers who remain stranded in various seaports in CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Bicol Region, and in Eastern Visayas.

In the Bicol Region, the DSWD-Field Office V has provided an initial assistance of P6.2 million to the LGUs of Albay with P1.6 million, Camarines Sur with P3.1 million, and Sorsogon with P1.4 million. DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo has assured that relief supplies are enough to respond to the needs of affected families.

“Sa mga nasalanta ng bagyo, kung may pangangailangan kayo ng relief goods at iba pang mga non-food items, lumapit lamang po kayo sa inyong lokal na pamahalaan. Sapat po ang mga relief na naka-preposition sa kanila (To the affected families, you may approach your LGUs. Goods have already been prepositioned to them),” Sec. Taguiwalo said.

At the same time, Sec. Taguiwalo assured LGUs that the Department is ready to provide the necessary augmentation assistance to help them address the needs of their constituents.

DSWD disasters teams continue to be on the ground to assist LGUs in disaster relief operations and in managing evacuation centers.