By Ellalyn de Vera-Ruiz
A total of P14.864 million worth of relief assistance has so far been allocated to persons adversely affected by typhoon “Ompong.”
As of Monday morning, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has provided P10,950,718 worth of assistance to affected families and individuals in the regions hit by Ompong, while P3,452,388 came from local government units (LGUs), and P460,950 from non-government organizations (NGOs) for a total of P14,864,056.40.
A total of 147,540 families or 591,762 persons were affected in 2,738 barangays, 433 cities/municipalities, and 31 provinces in the National Capital Region, Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, and Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).
Reports said that a total of 50,686 families or 192,842 persons are currently staying inside 1,899 evacuation centers, while some 6,510 families or 26,666 persons are staying with relatives or friends in the said regions, except in Mimaropa.
All evacuation centers in Mimaropa are already closed.
There are 451 damaged houses reported in Ilocos Region, Central Luzon, and CAR; of which, 79 houses are totally damaged and 372 houses are partially damaged.
DSWD’s Disaster Response Management Bureau and National Resource and Logistics Management Service staff are on 24/7 duty at the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council Operations Center to continuously coordinate with the concerned DSWD field offices and response cluster members for significant disaster response updates.
DSWD Secretary Virginia Orogo assured the public that the Department is ready to provide augmentation support to all affected LGUs.
“The Department’s personnel in the affected regions, as well as those in the Central Office deployed in the hardest hit areas are already providing the necessary technical assistance to the affected communities,” Orogo said.