DSWD continues to provide relief aid to ‘Agaton’ victims

January 22, 2014 7:32 am 

MANILA, Jan. 21 — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) continues to provide relief assistance and hot meals to families affected by the heavy rains and floods caused by tropical depression "Agaton" which hit many parts of Mindanao during the weekend before it weakened into a low pressure area Monday.

The DSWD said that as of 6 a.m. Tuesday, there were at least 168,492 families equivalent to 809,686 persons affected in 804 barangays in 103 municipalities in 15 provinces of Regions X, XI, CARAGA and Autonomous Regions in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

Of this number, 43,417 families or 203,022 persons are being served inside the 565 evacuation centers spread in the different provinces, towns and barangays affected.

According to DSWD Secretary Corazon J. Soliman, a total of P59 million worth of relief goods have been provided to the families battered by "Agaton."

The amount came from the combined resources of the DSWD, with P15,765,498.92; local government units (LGUs) in CARAGA Region, with P2,441,627.60, and Region XI with P43,272,322.60.

Social Welfare and Development (SWAD) Teams in the affected provinces remain on-field to assist LGU social workers in managing the evacuation centers and assessing the impact of the weather disturbance to ensure the welfare of the victims. (PNA)



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