The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has already provided more than P1 million worth of relief assistance to flood victims in Oriental Mindoro.
The DSWD reported this on Saturday, July 24, as it expressed readiness to augment the resources of the local government units (LGUs) affected by flooding caused by monsoon rains and enhanced by typhoon “Fabian”.
“The Department has already extended more than P1 million worth of assistance in the province of Oriental Mindoro,” it said in a statement on Saturday, citing the July 24 report provided by DSWD Disaster Response Management Bureau (DRMB).
In a radio interview, Oriental Mindoro governor Humerlito Dolor said some houses in his province were submerged in floodwater. Calapan City and towns of Baco and Naujan were affected by flooding.
“The Department is also ready to deploy its Quick Response Teams (QRT) for the provision of technical assistance to LGUs, if necessary,” the DSWD said.
Meanwhile, the DSWD also noted that concerned LGUs have initially provided assistance to affected families in Orion and Samal, Bataan; Castillejos, San Antonio, and Santa Cruz, Zambales; Batangas City, Batangas; Santa Cruz, Occidental Mindoro; La Trinidad, Benguet; and in Balbalan, Kalinga.
Based on the DRMB report, as of July 24, 6 p.m., the DSWD’s Central Office and Field Offices have standby funds amounting to P849.5 million, and have prepositioned relief goods amounting to P164.96 million.
Other food and non-food items amounting to P668.3 million have also been readied.
“These are readily available to augment the resources of LGUs in times of disasters and calamities as part of the DSWD’s role as the lead of the Food and Non-Food Item (FNFI) Cluster of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC),” the DSWD said.