Issue of November 4, 2018

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DSWD coordinates with LGUs affected by Typhoon Rosita
by Nerizza Faye G. Villanueva

The Department of Social Welfare and Development-Cordillera has been monitoring 2,511 families with 8,886 individuals who have been affected by Typhoon Rosita since Oct. 31.

DSWD-Cordillera OIC Director Janet P. Armas said 1,386 of the families monitored are from Benguet; 518 are from Kalinga; 300 from Apayao; 116 from Mountain Province; 103 from Ifugao; and 88 from Abra.

“We are in close coordination with the local government units in monitoring our communities to ensure that their needs are properly addressed. We may not be able to provide for all of them, but we assure the public that we will work with other agencies and institutions and try our best to help them,” Armas added.

The DSWD has accounted 2,270 families that have been displaced due to the typhoon, 1,719 families are staying in 142 evacuation centers while 551 families are staying with their friends or relatives.

“Our displaced families have conducted pre-emptive evacuation and we are monitoring them through the local social welfare and development offices and our social welfare and development teams in the localities.” Armas said.

On Oct. 30, DSWD personnel visited various evacuation centers to check the situation of the evacuees. Aside from providing food and non-food relief items, the DSWD can also provide psychosocial interventions to the victims.

The agency is also closely monitoring victims of the landslide in Natonin, Mountain Province.

“Our personnel in Mountain Province are working with our partners on ground to provide the necessary interventions. We will provide our services upon the assessment of our social workers,” Armas added.

As of Oct. 30, 12,655 family food packs have been released to various municipalities for distribution to Typhoon Rosita victims. Additional 28,710 family food packs are available at the DSWD warehouse in Puguis, La Trinidad, Benguet for augmentation.

The DSWD is also maintaining 321 dignity kits, 1655 family kits, 976 hygiene kits, and 4,530 sleeping kits.

“We ask our communities to closely coordinate with their respective local governments as they are our partners in ensuring that our interventions will reach them. DSWD can also be reached through municipal operations offices and SWAD offices in the areas,” Armas said.

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