DSWD assists 269, 507 ‘Rolly’ evacuees

Published November 3, 2020, 3:46 PM

by Charissa Luci-Atienza 

Around 269,507 persons are currently staying in 2,671 evacuation centers in the country’s six regions following the onslaught of typhoon “Rolly,” the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has reported. 


Based on the DSWD’s Disaster Response Operations Monitoring and Information Center (DROMIC) report, as of Nov. 3, 6 a.m., there were a total of 70,576 families or 269,507 persons who took temporary shelter in 2,671 evacuation centers in the National Capital Region (NCR), Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, and Bicol regions.

The report showed that about 7,643 families or 30,052 persons chose to stay with their relatives and/or friends in Central Luzon, CALABARZON, Bicol, and Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).

According to DSWD’s DROMIC, the number of affected families by “Rolly” had reached 160,005 or 645,007 persons in 2,480 barangays in NCR, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon,   CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Bicol, Eastern Visayas, and CAR. 

Meanwhile, the DSWD reported 119 damaged houses, of which seven were totally damaged and 112 were partially damaged. 

So far, the DSWD and concerned local government units (LGUs) have extended P6.662 million worth of assistance to the affected families. Of the amount, P442 million came from the DSWD, P2.22 million from the LGUs, and P9,430 from private partners. 

The DSWD maintains stockpiles and standby funds amounting to P877.41 million for disaster response operations. 

The agency has standby funds amounting to P281.24 million, P239.7 million of which is the available Quick Response Fund in the Central Office, and has available stockpiles worth P596.16 million. 

Around 277,448 family food packs (FFPs) worth P127.59 million are available for distribution.

The agency’s P596.16-million stockpiles include other food items amounting to P190.39 million and non-food items (NFIs) worth P278.18 million. 

The DSWD has vowed that aside from augmenting the resources of the LGUs to help them respond to the needs of their constituents, it is “also providing psychosocial intervention to the affected families in the regions battered by Typhoon ‘Rolly’ to help them cope with their traumatic experience.”

The Department said, as head of the Camp Coordination and Camp Management Cluster, it is keenly monitoring the situation of evacuation centers set up by LGUs.  

“DSWD social workers are also deployed in the temporary shelters to guide LGUs in ensuring that evacuees are served and proper protocols are observed,” it said.