By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) continued to provide assistance to the survivors and bereaved families of casualties of the three boats that capsized at the Iloilo-Guimaras Strait last August 3.
Through its field office in Western Visayas and in coordination with the Iloilo City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO), DSWD provided immediate assistance to the survivors by providing blankets, towels, malong, and clothing.
It also facilitated the provision of medical assistance to those who were taken to hospitals for treatment through its assistance to individuals in crisis situation program.
In addition, DSWD-Western Visayas distributed 504 family food packs to the crew of stranded vessels in Iloilo and Guimaras whose trips were canceled due to the accident and inclement weather.
They were from four pump boat associations composed of Jordan Motor Banca Cooperative, Buenavista Motorbanca Owner’s Association, Association of Buenavista Ferry Service Provider, and Buenavista Development Cooperative.
Meanwhile, burial assistance of ₱20,000 will be extended to each bereaved family.
There were 31 confirmed casualties, based on the latest report of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council of Western Visayas.
DSWD also deployed social workers to assist the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office of Guimaras and the Department of Health in further assessing the needs of the victims and in conducting a psychosocial intervention, respectively.
The Department is saddened by the incident and offers its condolences to the families of those who passed on.