By Tara Yap
Iloilo City—A week-and-a-half after Typhoon Ursula hit, at least P17-million of relief aid has been released for typhoon survivors in Panay Island.
Of the P17 million, it is the Western Visayas regional office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) that released the biggest aid at P13 million.
The remaining P4 million was released by the local government units (LGUs) in the four provinces in Panay Island—Aklan, Antique, Capiz, and Iloilo.
DSWD-6 Officer May Rago Castillo told Manila Bulletin the aid consisted of food, non-food items and even cash assistance.
While the initial phase of the relief operation focused on town centers hit by Ursula, DSWD-6 Director Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre said relief goods will be likewise be sent to far-flung areas such as island and mountain barangays.
DSWD-6 had to tap the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and the Antique Provincial Social Welfare Development Office Sunday to send 1,000 family food packs to the island town of Caluya.
DSWD-6 continues to call on private organizations, and non-government organizations (NGOs) to reach out to other communities damaged by Ursula.