By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
Around 520,000 families, composed of 2.1-million people were directly affected by the surge of southwest monsoon in seven regions in Luzon.
According to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), 521,562 families or 2,187,409 persons were affected by the effects of the habagat in 1,789 barangays in Ilocos Region, Central Luzon, Western Visayas, Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), National Capital Region (NCR), Calabarzon, and Mimaropa, as of 6 p.m. Saturday.
Of the 77,789 families or 340,124 persons displaced in NCR, Ilocos Region, Central Luzon, Western Visayas and CAR, 190 families or 842 persons are staying in 20 evacuation centers.
Meanwhile 77,599 families or 339,282 persons are staying outside evacuation centers with relatives or friends.
DSWD also noted that 8,540 houses were damaged; of which, 391 were totally damaged and 8,149 were partially damaged due to the effects of the southwest monsoon.
So far, it has provided P92,765,405.84 worth of assistance to the affected families; P58,480,682.43 of which from DSWD, P31,930,113.41 from local government units, P1,342,310 from nongovernment organizations, while P1,012,300 from other contributing parties.
DSWD Secretary Virginia Orogo, together with other DSWD executives, visited Marikina City on Sunday to discuss the status of relief operations for flood-affected residents in the metropolis.
Trucks carrying relief goods from the DSWD have already arrived in Marikina City on Sunday.
DSWD said the aid will be unloaded at evacuation centers in the city for distribution to the evacuees.