DSWD pours P16-M aid to typhoon victims

Published November 5, 2020, 10:57 AM

by Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has so far extended P16.1-million worth of relief assistance to families who have been affected by super typhoon “Rolly.”


The relief assistance consisted of family food packs and other food and non-food items.

DSWD-Field Office V (FO-Bicol region) has provided a total of 4,737 family food packs to Catanduanes, Albay, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, and Sorsogon, which are among the worst-hit areas by Rolly.

The field office also provided 1,000 pieces of malong to Tabaco City in Albay.

Due to the extent of damage in the province, additional 1,200 family food packs and 100 rolls of laminated sacks are currently in transit for distribution to the affected families.

Likewise, some 3,000 family food packs, 1,000 hygiene kits, 2,000 kitchen kits, 450 sleeping kits, 450 mosquito nets, 3,944 350-milliliters of mineral water, and 400 20-liter bottled water were also transported last Wednesday to Catanduanes through a Philippine Coast Guard vessel.

The relief supplies were expected to arrive Thursday.

The DSWD continues to coordinate with the Logistics Cluster of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council to ensure the quick delivery of assistance to the affected localities.

Aside from relief aid, the department is also set to implement recovery interventions to assist the families affected by the typhoon.

Among the programs that will be implemented is the Emergency Shelter Assistance program to assist in the shelter reconstruction of typhoon victims in Bicol region, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon.

In Bicol region alone, there are 26,800 partially damaged houses and 10,740 totally-damaged houses.

DSWD FO-Bicol region will also provide financial assistance under the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation to injured survivors and bereaved families of those who perished during the typhoon’s onslaught.

DSWD’s quick response teams likewise continue to coordinate with concerned local government units to determine other interventions that can be implemented to help affected families cope with their difficult situation.