DSWD-3 assures sufficient assistance to victims of Habagat

September 27, 2013 9:59 am 

MANILA, Sept. 27 — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 3 said Friday morning that it continues to assist some 61,274 families or 287,306 persons from 141 barangays in the provinces of Bataan and Zambales who were affected by Habagat last September 23.

According to a statement issued from DSWD-3, in coordination with local government units (LGUs) evacuees were provided with food packs, bottled water and non-food items like water jugs, blanket, mosquito nets, mats and clothing.

Of the affected families, 4,691 families or 17,815 persons are still evacuation centers in the affected areas.

To date, the total amount of assistance provided by the DSWD to affected families is P1.4 million while concerned LGUs extended P668,087.

Likewise, DSWD-3 is now processing the release of P270,000 burial assistance to the 26 bereaved families at P10,000 each and P5,000 each for those injured in the landslide in Subic and Zambales.

“Immediate cash and food-for work will also be provided to the affected families to meet their daily needs while clean up and repair of damaged houses are being done,” said DSWD Secretary Corazon J. Soliman.

Secretary Soliman also added that Emergency Shelter Assistance will also be given to families with partially damaged houses to enable them to undertake immediate repair.

Soliman added that for the municipality of San Marcelino, which was hugely affected by Habagat, early recovery and rehabilitation are now being planned out.

The DSWD also conducted initial discussion with Mayor Jose Rodriguez on the assessment of the needs of victims severely affected by devastating landslides and flashfloods.(PNA)

FFC/PR/LSJ

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