DSWD says foreign donations boosting up its calamity fund

October 11, 2009 9:49 pm 

MANILA, Oct. 12 — Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Esperanza I. Cabral said that cash donations coming from the Philippines' overseas allies have boosted the agency's calamity funds.

She said the additional money will enable the DSWD to continue caring for the victims of typhoons of "Ondoy" and "Pepeng".

Carbal also said that financial assistance coming from member countries of the United Nations has enable the DSWD to buy more relief goods and distribute them to the evacuees estimated to be at 500,000 families in Metro Manila, Central and Northern Luzon.

The DSWD earlier said that most of its P287 million calamity fund has been spent helping the victims of "Ondoy."

But Cabral clarified that the money will be quickly replenished by Malacanang to enable the relief agency to carry on with its mission.

The DSWD chief also batted for the creation of permanent evacuation centers in disaster prone areas to give victims a more conducive place to stay and recuperate.

She added that the creation of such facilities will also prevent the disruption of classes that often arises when schools are converted into a evacuation centers. p>Cabral earlier said that the national government is spending P2 million a day to feed people sheltering in 2,000 evacuation centers nationwide.

She said the evacuees normally enjoyed six meals a day, including snacks being given them by the numerous non-government organizations and business and civic clubs that distribute their goods directly to the evacuation centers.

“We now have to wait for the signal from the proposed resettlement or relocation camps before we can let go of these evacuees,” Cabral said.

Regular medical and dental teams are also making the rounds of the evacuation centers to protect them from disease outbreaks caused by the garbage piles, improper sanitation and hygiene and even the places which are still under water as these are good breeding grounds for mosquitoes that can carry diseases like dengue. (PNA)

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