By Ellalyn de Vera-Ruiz
Most of the families who have evacuated at the height of typhoon Rosita (Yutu) have returned home, according to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
As of Saturday noon, the DSWD’s Disaster Response Operations Monitoring and Information Center reported that only 15 evacuation centers are still open providing temporary shelter to 135 families or 466 persons.
Of this number, nine are in the Cordlillera Administrative Region (CAR).
DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista said relief distribution may continue even if families have returned home to help them meet their daily food needs as they rebuild their homes and communities.
Bautista also shared that DSWD has reached out to some 100 families in Anonat, Paracelis, Mountain Province bringing food packs amounting to P251,000.
The town was inaccessible at the height of the typhoon making it difficult for disaster teams to deliver relief supplies.
“DSWD and the other members of the Response Cluster are exerting all efforts to deliver aid to the isolated or hard to reach areas affected by the typhoon. It is our priority to reach out to our kababayans and ensure their basic necessities are met,” Bautista said.
Moreover, DSWD’s disaster quick response teams in CAR continues to assist the survivors of the landslide incident in Natonin, Mountain Province.
The disaster teams in other regions also continue to coordinate with the concerned LGUs to determine other appropriate interventions that the affected families may need.
To date, DSWD has provided P5,273,046 worth of assistance to typhoon-affected families in Ilocos Region, Cagayan Calley, Central Luzon and CAR.