By Ellalyn de Vera Ruiz
The number of affected persons due to the incessant monsoon rains has reached 224,000, mostly from Luzon and Western Visayas.
As of 5 a.m. Sunday, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) reported that 2,798 families or 13,888 persons had already evacuated and are now seeking temporary shelter in 98 evacuation centers set up by local government units (LGUs) in Ilocos Region, Central Luzon, National Capital Region, Southern Luzon, and Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).
Meanwhile, 57,545 families or 210,192 persons from Ilocos Region, Central Luzon and Western Visayas are staying with their relatives and friends.
Of the total number of evacuation centers, Central Luzon has 49 while Northern Luzon has 34.
DSWD’s field office in Central Luzon continued to monitor and coordinate with its provincial extension offices in the seven affected provinces on the status of relief operations in the areas.
It is set to deliver 300 family food packs to the local government of Bagac on Tuesday for the affected fisherfolk in the town.
Likewise, the DSWD-Central Luzon is waiting for the go signal of the local government of Orani, Bataan for the delivery of 2,250 family food packs.
Meanwhile, 2,000 family food packs are being prepared as augmentation support to the provincial government of Nueva Ecija, specifically for the municipalities of Licab, Cuyapo, Guimba, and Nampicuan.
As of this writing, a total of ₱9,168,987.44 worth of assistance has been provided to the affected families; ₱6,940,260.44 of which came from DSWD while ₱2,228,727 came from the LGUs.
DSWD Secretary Virginia Orogo has ordered all disaster teams in the affected areas to coordinate closely with the LGUs to determine other interventions needed by the affected families.