By Ellalyn de Vera Ruiz
The number of persons affected by the inclement weather has reached 58,000, prompting the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to extend relief assistance to families affected by severe flooding in Metro Manila, and Central and Southern Luzon.
In response to the request for augmentation assistance from affected local government units (LGUs), DSWD’s field office in Metro Manila has started to facilitate the provision of 500 family food packs for residents living near Marikina River who are currently staying in evacuation centers.
It also facilitated the delivery of 300 food packs to the affected families in Quezon City.
The Department’s field offices in other affected regions have also ensured that food and non-food items are readily available at any given time.
As of mid-Wedneaday, DSWD-Disaster Response and Management Bureau reported that the number of affected families in Central Luzon, Metro Manila and Southern Luzon had reached 14,291 or 58,115 persons.
A total of 1,348 families or 5,697 individuals are currently taking refuge in 45 evacuation centers, the bulk of which are located in Marikina City and Quezon City with eight and seven open centers, respectively.
Bataan has also opened 11 temporary shelters.
Meanwhile, 7,414 families or 26,903 persons in Central Luzon are currently staying with their relatives and friends.
DSWD Secretary Virginia Orogo said the DSWD, together with its field offices, is ready to assist the affected LGUs to help them respond to the needs of their constituents.
“Right now we are continuously waiting for requests for augmentation assistance from the affected LGUs. Our concerned field offices are ready to deliver aid to them,” Orogo said.
“Our relief goods are ready. We have enough stock of relief supplies in our warehouses. We are always ready. We also hope that our barangays are also ready to assist our fellow citizens on the ground,” she added.