DSWD conducts stress debriefing for victims’ kin in Maguindanao massacre

November 28, 2009 10:13 am 

MANILA, Nov. 28 —- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is now conducting stress debriefing and counseling for the families of the victims of the Manguindanao carnage which left more than 57 people dead, including 27 media practitioners.

DSWD Secretary Esperanza I. Cabral told a radio interview onSaturday that the stress debriefing and counseling for the victims’ families is part of the government’s efforts to instill some sense of normalcy to the lives of people who loss close relatives in the brutal ambush.

She also said that the DSWD’s Region XII Office in Cotabato is providing P10,000 financial assistance to each bereaved family of the casualties what is now known as the Maguindanao massacre.

To date, more than P200,000 financial assistance have been released to 21 bereaved families.

Cabral said that the DSWD Region XII Office has also set-up a one-stop shop service where the families of the casualties can claim their financial assistance, get updates on the identification of their relatives, and avail of critical incident stress (CISD) debriefing sessions.

She added that DSWD Region XII, together with the Department of Health Regional Office, will conduct CISD to the families of the 57 victims.

CISD sessions are held under the supervision of trained social workers, psychiatrists or psychologists to prevent victims of tragedies and disasters, and their families from suffering post–traumatic stress disorders. “Our social workers are currently coordinating with the families of the victims to address their concerns,” Cabral disclosed.

“The DSWD will continue to assist the families of the victims in whatever capacity. We condole with them, particularly the women who were victims of this horrible tragedy,” the DSWD chief emphasized.

“The incident also shows the vulnerability of women caught in the cross fire, that is why we feel deeply for the 21 women who were killed in the massacre. The families they left behind, particularly their children, will bear the brunt of this senseless tragedy,” she further said. (PNA)

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