DSWD sets up 1,870 evacuations centers for 48,000 families affected by “Rolly” in Bicol region

Published November 4, 2020, 2:07 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz

Around 1,870 evacuation centers, mostly in Bicol region, are currently serving at least 48,000 families in eight regions affected by super typhoon Rolly (Goni).

DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista (PCOO / MANILA BULLETIN)

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Rolando Bautista said 207,518 families or about 820,000 persons from 3,307 barangays have been affected by Rolly.

Those affected were from National Capital Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Southern Luzon, Bicol region, and Eastern Visayas.

A total of 48,744 families or 188,417 persons are staying in evacuation centers.

Most of them, Bautista said, are from Bicol region composed of 27,540 families or 109,161 individuals.

A total of P18.27 million worth of assistance has been provided by the DSWD, local government units, and non-government organizations.

“Ang DSWD po ay nakapagbigay na ng tulong na nagkakahalaga ng higit P8.3 milyon piso (₱8,305,732.90) sa mga apektadong pamilya. Ang tulong na ito ay binubuo ng family food packs at mga food at non-food items. (DSWD has already provided assistance worth more than P8.3 million pesos (₱ 8,305,732.90) to the affected families. This assistance consists of family food packs, and food and non-food items),” Bautista said.

As an early intervention, the DSWD chief said they are also preparing to provide emergency shelter assistance to the residents whose houses have been damaged by Rolly.

In Bicol Region, 3,666 houses have been totally damaged, while 21,082 houses were partially damaged, he reported.

For recovery intervention, Bautista said the department is preparing to provide food-for-work once the economy opens in these regions.