Philippines: IDPs need DSWD family access cards to avail of gov't assistance, says OCD

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ICC Iligan City (28 October) -- Food and non-food items for distribution to the internally displaced persons (IDP) can only be availed of only if they have Family Access Cards accredited by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Thus explained Regional Director Carmelito A. Lupo of the Office of Civil Defense, region 10, who said a total of 12,905 families with 55,850 persons are now being served by DSWD in LDN, as of Oct. 28, 2008.

Lupo, who is also the Executive Officer of the Regional Disaster Coordinating Council (RDCC) in the region said DSWD-10 had already distributed these cards for the IDP's for them to avail of government assistance.

Card holders are entitled to the food and non-food items or assistance in coordination with the local disaster coordinating councils thru the Camp Management Team tasked to monitor IDPs that have already returned to their residences, he said.

These IDP's include the severely affected or those actually staying inside the evacuation centers (EC) and the moderately affected or those who are staying with friends and relatives while the mildly affected are those staying in their residences.

Meanwhile, Lupo said the total cost of assistance extended to the IDPs already reached Php55.8 million, of which Php38.8 million came from various government agencies, Php11 million from non-governmental organizations and Php5 million from the local government units.

This excludes the military assistance given to the IDPs since the August 18 atrocities perpetuated by the lawless MILF group led by Kumander Bravo in the province.

On the other hand, Lupo reported that a financial assistance of Php5,000 each for 10 wounded victims during the Aug. 18 armed attacks will be distributed in Kolambugan town on Oct. 28, 2008.

This is on top of the Php360,000 which OCD has released to the 36 dead victims of the atrocities, at P10,000 each victim, he added. (DJR/PIA-10)