By Charissa Luci-Atienza
The Department of Social Welfare and Development said on Monday (Jan. 27) it has extended P9.8 million assistance to Taal Volcano eruption victims.
Based on the DSWD- Disaster Response Operations Monitoring and Information Center (DROMIC) report released on Monday, 103, 443 families or 394,094 persons have been affected by the restive volcano in Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon) and the National Capital Region (NCR).
In Calabarzon alone, 94,884 families or 387,774 individuals have been affected by the Jan. 12 volcanic eruption, and 663 families or 2,459 persons have been affected in NCR.
The DSWD-DROMIC report said there are 38,377 families or 137,447 persons taking temporary shelter in 488 evacuation centers, while, 44,414 families or 170,653 individuals are outside evacuation centers or staying with their relatives and/or friends, it said.
The DSWD earlier vowed to continuously assess the situation of the families displaced by the Taal Volcano eruption. It has deployed its high-ranking officials to Batangas and Cavite provinces to personally oversee the relief operations for the eruption victims.
According to the DSWD, it already conducted a Rapid Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis (RDANA) in coordination with local government units (LGUs) to assess the immediate relief and response requirements of Tanauan City and municipalities of Cuenca and Mataas na Kahoy in Batangas province.
“DSWD also met with the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) for the plan to set up mobile emergency telecommunications on the ground, and with the World Food Programme (WFP) for the provision of mobile storage units for relief operations,” it added.
Last week, the Department renewed its call to individuals and groups to join the government’s relief operations by assisting in the repacking of family food packs and relief items.
“To ensure the speedy production of family food packs for distribution to the evacuees, the Department is calling for volunteers to help repack relief goods at the National Resource Operation Center (NROC) in Pasay City,” it said.
Interested volunteers may contact the DSWD-NROC at telephone numbers (02) 8-553-9864/(02) 8-8528081 or [email protected] for scheduling.