By Charissa Luci-Atienza
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VI has extended some P2.1 million in cash assistance to more than 1,000 families affected by typhoon “Ursula” in Western Visayas.
In a Facebook post, the DSWD-Western Visayas disclosed that a total of 1,067 families received P2,000 each as calamity assistance.
Regional Director Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre said they prioritized families whose houses were damaged by typhoon “Ursula,” which wrought havoc on Panay Island on December 25, 2019.
“Inuna na namin yung pinaka-grabe ang epekto ng bagyo (We prioritized areas which were badly-hit),” Macapobre said.
Joining Macapobre in distributing the cash assistance to the typhoon victims were DSWD Undersecretary Aimee Torrefranca-Neri, Assistant Regional Director for Operations Delia Villa-Bagolcol, and Crisis Intervention Section Head Joselito Estember.
The DSWD-Western Visayas said a total of 128,314 family food packs were given to the typhoon victims.
“Immediately, the agency dispatched family food packs to augment the resources of the local government units,” it said.
According to the DSWD, a total of P54.8 million in assistance has been extended to the affected families. Of the total amount, P49.1 million was given by the DSWD, while P5.1 million was donated by the LGUs.