By Ellalyn de Vera Ruiz
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) remains on heightened alert in case augmentation support is needed in areas affected by tropical storm Inday and southwest monsoon.
DSWD’s field offices are continuously monitoring the weather situation and closely coordinating with local government units (LGUs) for possible deployment and other forms of assistance.
As of Thursday noon, DSWD-Disaster Response and Management Bureau reported that the number of families affected by the inclement weather has increased to 40,253 families or 162,007 individuals in 194 barangays in Metro Manila, and Central and Southern Luzon.
There are also 858 families or 3,128 persons staying in 42 evacuation centers.
Meanwhile, 33,119 families or 142,399 persons from Central Luzon and Western Visayas are currently staying with their relatives and friends.
DSWD has already provided P4,291,760 worth of assistance to affected localities in Central Luzon and Mimaropa.
In addition, 500 family food packs will be augmented to the municipality of Bagac, Bataan for distribution to affected fisherfolk and their families.
Child-friendly spaces were also set up in evacuation centers in Mamburao, Occidental to provide games, informal education and other activities for displaced children.
DSWD Secretary Virginia Orogo assured the public that all its field offices are working in close coordination with provincial/local social welfare and development offices for possible psychosocial interventions.
She also said that relief goods, both food and non-food items, may be tapped by affected LGUs any time.