DSWD spends P2.7M for relief assistance to 'Quinta'-affected LGUs

December 31, 2012 4:36 am 

ILOILO CITY, Dec 30 — Some P2.7 million out of the P5.5 million allotted by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has been disbursed in support of the relief operations of various local government units (LGUs) affected by tropical depression "Quinta".

DSWD assistant regional director Joel Galicia said rice and family packs were purchased for the provinces of Aklan, Capiz and Iloilo.

The three provinces each has availed of 50 sacks of rice pre-positioned in their respective areas.

Also 6,000 family packs were distributed to towns of Sigma, Panit-an, Dumalag and Tapaz while another 6,000 were also released to Pototan and Dumangas in Iloilo.

Galicia added that they have also received request for additional 7,000 packs from various LGUs in Iloilo province.

He added that to date they have a standby fund of P2.8 million.

On the other hand, DSWD Undersecretary Parisya Taradji who was here on Saturday agreed to construct a transition house for families whose houses had been damaged by the tropical depression.

The structure will only be a temporary shelter for the displaced victim while the local government and the DSWD are still deciding on the possibility of contructing a core shelter project for those living along the river banks and are prone to landslide and flooding.

"Quinta" has affected 42 municipalities and cities covering 481 barangays in the region. DSWD report disclosed that 44, 251 families equivalent to 213, 998 suffer from the said calamity. (PNA)

PDS/PGLENA

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