By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
Close to 3,000 persons or 696 families remain in evacuations centers in Central Luzon since the 6.1-magnitude earthquake rocked the region last April 22.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), local government units, and non-government organizations have so far provided ₱2.37 million worth of assistance to the earthquake victims in Pampanga, Zambales, and Bataan.
Based on the latest report of the DSWD-Disaster Response Management Bureau, a total of 3,630 families or 17,410 persons from 41 barangays in Pampanga, Zambales, and Bataan were affected by the earthquake.
About 696 families composed of 2,979 persons are still staying in three evacuation centers.
In addition, 951 families composed of 4,756 individuals opted to stay with relatives or friends.
DSWD noted that 3,616 houses were damaged by the earthquake; of which, 925 were totally damaged and 1,680 were partially damaged.
The Disaster Response Operations Monitoring and Information Center of the DSWD continues to closely coordinate with DSWD field offices in Central Luzon for significant reports on the status of affected families, assistance, and relief efforts.