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DSWD relief assistance to disaster survivors reaches P9M

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DSWD director Ma. Evelyn Macapobre (wearing red vest) with (from left) BGen. Arnold Quiapo of the Philippine Army, Negros Occidental 3rd District Rep. Alfredo Benitez, Iloilo Lone District Rep. Jerry Treñas, Capiz 1st District Rep. Antonio del Rosario and Col. Aurelio Baladad of the Armed Forces of the Philippines before the aerial survey conducted yesterday to assess the extent of damage caused by Typhoon Yolanda in the region.

DSWD director Ma. Evelyn Macapobre (wearing red vest) with (from left) BGen. Arnold Quiapo of the Philippine Army, Negros Occidental 3rd District Rep. Alfredo Benitez, Iloilo Lone District Rep. Jerry Treñas, Capiz 1st District Rep. Antonio del Rosario and Col. Aurelio Baladad of the Armed Forces of the Philippines before the aerial survey conducted yesterday to assess the extent of damage caused by Typhoon Yolanda in the region.

The amount of relief assistance released by the Department of Social Welfare and Development regional office triples in just three days reaching to P9 million, covering the six provinces in Western Visayas.

As of 12 p.m. (November 12), records of the DSWD show that 34,492 family packs amounting to P9,002,407 were already given to the provinces of Antique, Aklan, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo and Negros Occidental.

This is much higher when compared to the costs of relief assistance released to the affected provinces in its November 10 status of relief operation which is only P3.8 million.

Regional Director Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre assured assistance to typhoon affected families in the entire region though the number of affected families continues to increase.

Director Macapobre along with with Iloilo Lone District Rep. Jerry Trenas, Capiz 1st District Rep. Antonio Del Rosario, and Negros Occidental 3rd District Rep. Alfredo Benitez conducted an aerial survey yesterday to assess the extent of damage caused by Typhoon “Yolanda.”

Through the aerial survey, national government agencies would also be able to determine the needs of affected families and provide them with proper aid to enable them to recover from their present condition.

Of the six provinces of the region, Iloilo was provided with the most number of family packs with 18,339 family packs worth P4,786,479  million. There are 202,292 affected families or 747,468 individuals in the entire province.

In Capiz, 5,950 family packs were already distributed in the amount of P1,552,950; Negros Occidental, 2,096 food packs worth P547,056; Aklan 4,250 food packs worth P1,109,250; and

Guimaras 822 food packs worth P214,542.

Presently, there are 2,500 family packs on standby at the DSWD Regional Office that are ready for distribution to the disaster survivors.

As of November 12, there are already 430 volunteers who helped in the repacking of relief goods for distribution to typhoon affected areas in the entire region. While, there are 195 volunteers who facilitated the hauling of relief good at the DSWD compound to be delivered to the different affected provinces. (DSWD/Maricar M. Calubiran)

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