DSWD extends P10.1M worth of relief assistance to flood victims

January 19, 2011 11:10 am 

MANILA, Jan. 19 – Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon "Dinky" Juliano-Soliman announced that the agency has extended P10.1 million worth of relief assistance to families displaced by flashfloods in Regions IV-B, V, VI, VII, VIII, X, XI and Caraga.

This brought to P34.32 million the total assistance the DSWD has released to the affected provinces.

Soliman said the number of affected families has reached 256,658 with 1,250,177 persons in the eight regions.

Around 1,889 families with 8,452 persons are still being served in 51 evacuation centers, while 112,380 families with 555,200 persons are outside evacuation centers but continue to receive relief assistance.

In the Bicol region, 15 evacuation centers remain open serving 748 families with 3,071 persons in the municipalities of Daraga, Malilipot and Sto. Domingo in Albay.

Meanwhile, Soliman instructed DSWD-Field Office V Director Remia T. Tapispisan to look into the long-term augmentation support to local government units since the heavy rains are expected to last until February.

The most affected are farmers, fisherfolks and families from island barangays.

The DSWD regional disaster teams in the eight regions continue to operate 24/7 in coordination with the LGUs to ensure immediate assistance in relief distribution, data generation, and management of evacuation centers. (PNA)

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