Foreign aid continuing to pour in for typhoon victims –DSWD

October 19, 2009 11:16 pm 

MANILA, Oct. 20 — Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Esperanza I. Cabral said relief aid from various foreign governments and organizations are continuing to pour in for victims of typhoons “Ondoy” and “Pepeng”.

She said continuous arrival of relief goods is doing much to bolster the morale of the victims.

Cabral added donations of food, medicine and various articles of clothing is definitely helping refugees start building their lives anew.

She also lauded the various governments and organizations for helping the Philippines in its hour of need.

As this develops, the DSWD chair said the agency has sufficient relief stocks to succor families who might be displaced by the incoming typhoon “Ramil” which is expected to hit the country on Thursday.

Cabral stressed that DSWD field offices in Central and Northern Luzon have already pre-positioned relief stocks in anticipation of the typhoon’s arrival.

She earlier said overseas donations for typhoon victims are exempted from all taxes and duties provided these are consigned to DSWD.

Cabral added there are non-government organizations accredited by the relief agency to receive tax-free relief commodities. A complete list of these accredited NGOs can be accessed from the DSWD website, www.dswd.gov.ph. (PNA) LDV/PFN

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