6,818 families affected by ‘Ulysses’ remain in evacuation centers — Bautista

Published December 17, 2020, 5:36 PM

by Charissa Luci-Atienza 

Social Welfare and Development Secretary Rolando Bautista said Thursday (Dec. 17) that more than 6, 800 families affected by the onslaught of Typhoon “Ulysses” remain in various evacuation centers. 


He said around 6, 818 families or 26, 606 persons are taking temporary shelter in 186 evacuation centers from the five most-affected regions. 

“Based on our latest data, there are around 6, 818 families or 26, 606 persons affected by Typhoon Ulysses who remain in 186 evacuation centers in Region II, I (Cagayan Valley), III (Central Luzon), CALABARZON, Region V (Bicol),  and National Capital Region,” he told reporters.

He said more than P150 million worth of relief assistance has been extended to the affected families. 

The DSWD has also provided more than P86.5 million relief aid to the families affected by Super Typhoon “Rolly”.

Bautista said the agency started implementing recovery intervention programs for the typhoon victims such as the Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA) and Cash-for-Work.

He noted that as of Dec. 17, the DSWD Field Office V has initially downloaded P123.6 million for the ESA and Cash for World of around 10, 032 families in Albay and Catanduanes whose houses were totally damaged by Rolly. 

According to him, the family-beneficiaries are expected to receive P12,330, broken down as P10,000 ESA and P2,330 pesos for the Cash for Work.

“Ang DSWD Field Office V ay kasalukuyang ipinapamahagi ang tulong na ito sa mga natukoy na pamilya,” Bautista said. 

(The DSWD Field Office V is currently distributing the aid to the identified families.)

He said the DSWD Field Office V has distributed more than P8.1 million worth of ESA and Cash for Work for 625 families in Virac, Catanduanes who lost their homes. 

“Patuloy na tinitiyak ng ahensya na maayos at maagap ang pagresponde sa mga pangangailangan ng mga biktima ng mga kalamidad at sakuna sa pamamagitan ng mahigpit na pakikipag-ugnayan sa ating mga LGUs,” Bautista said. 

(The agency ensures that there will proper and prompt response to the needs of the victims of calamities and disasters through intensified coordination with the LGUs.)