Gov't sends P35.7-M assistance to typhoon-hit regions

Published October 18, 2021, 1:31 PM

by Martin Sadongdong

The national government has provided various forms of assistance worth P35.7 million to five regions that were battered by typhoon “Maring,” the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported Monday, Oct. 18.

Military personnel from the Naval Forces Northern Luzon (NFNL) conduct rescue operations in Barangay Kabugbugan, Luna, La Union in the aftermath of typhoon Maring on Oct. 12, 2021. (Photo: Naval Forces Northern Luzon)

The NDRRMC said a total of P35,708,804.8 were the estimated cost of assistance provided to Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), Ilocos Region (Region 1), Cagayan Valley (Region 2), Central Luzon (Region 3), and Mimaropa (Region 4B).

Region 1 received the most assistance with P19.26 million, followed by CAR with P7.093 million, Region 4B with P5.195 million, Region 2 with P4.14 million, and Region 3 with P16,000.

Among the delivered assistance were in the form of financial aid, hygiene kits, medical supplies, and family food packs among others which were provided by the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), local government units (LGUs), Department of Health (DOH), and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Donations from private individuals and organizations were also delivered to typhoon-affected families from the said regions.

Maring has affected around 150,000 families or an estimated 630,000 individuals when it slammed Luzon more than a week ago.

At least 40 people have died during the onslaught of the typhoon, of which 23 were confirmed while 17 were still being validated. Five individuals were injured while 15 others remained missing, according to authorities.

The estimated cost of damage to agriculture and infrastructure in the affected regions has already reached P4.84 billion.