The Department of Social Welfare and Development-CAR has released a total of P2,376,580.40 worth of assistance to families and communities that have been affected by the onslaught of Typhoon Maring.
The fund has already been released to some municipalities that requested augmentation from the DSWD-CAR. The amount also includes the assistance provided to the families of the 11 casualties from Baguio City and Benguet.
As of 12 p.m. of Oct. 15, DSWD-CAR released 3,412 family food packs worth P1,964,540 and 976 ready to eat meals, 104 hygiene kits, seven sleeping kits, and one family and kitchen kit worth a total of P242,040.40.
The DSWD is currently maintaining 33,502 family food packs amounting to P18,547,217.52 and various non-food items worth P21,678,574.50. It is also maintaining P5,683,655.12 standby fund.
The agency has also prepositioned relief items in the different provinces in the region to ensure that supplies are available at any given time.
DSWD-CAR Director Arnel Garcia said the agency is also currently procuring 500 boxes of family kits worth P1.2M and 1,000 boxes of hygiene kits worth P1.3M to ensure that stockpile is replenished on time.
Aside from augmentation of relief items, DSWD has also provided financial assistance to the families of the casualties recorded in the region. Through the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation, the families received burial and cash assistance amounting to P170,000.
Garcia said the agency is providing holistic intervention to the families by including psychological first-aid to those affected from La Trinidad and Itogon.
The DSWD, through its provincial action teams, are continuously monitoring the effects of typhoon Maring for possible augmentation. Individuals who are in need of immediate assistance may coordinate with their respective local social welfare and development unit. – Press release