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DSWD sends augmentation support to ‘Ulysses’-affected areas

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The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has started providing assistance to local government units affected by Typhoon Ulysses.

MASSIVE FLOOD. An aerial shot of a flooded area in Vinzons, Camarines Norte taken in the aftermath of Typhoon Ulysses on Thursday (Nov. 12, 2020). The howler is so far the strongest typhoon to hit the province this year. (Photo courtesy of Jessar Adornado, OCD-Bicol)

At the National Capital Region (NCR), DSWD field office NCR facilitated the release of 1,000 family food packs (FFPs) and 250 sleeping kits for Quezon City, and 2,000 FFPs and 400 sleeping kits for Marikina City from the National Resource and Logistics Management Bureau.

Meanwhile, DSWD FO 4-A has provided 2,000 and 4,961 FFPs currently in transit to Rizal, and San Narciso, Quezon, respectively. A total of PHP3 million in standby funds is also available.

In addition, the National Resource Operations Center (NROC) released 3,300 and 1,700 FFPs bound for Legazpi, Albay, and Camarines Norte, respectively.

As the lead agency in the Food and Non-Food Items Cluster of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), and as part of its mandate to provide augmentation support to LGUs, the DSWD Central Office (CO), FOs, and the NROC have more than PHP800 million worth of stockpiles and standby funds.

More than PHP226 million standby funds are available at the CO, and more than 282,000 FFPs and other food and Non-Food Items (NFIs) are prepositioned around the country.

Disaster response for regions affected by ‘Ulysses’

At Region 1, DSWD FO 1 has prepared a total of PHP6.6 million standby funds, along with 9,192 FFPs and 14,129 non-food items (NFIs).

In Region 2, DSWD FO II has prepared more than 23,000 FFPs, along with PHP1.16 million in standby funds ready for immediate support. In addition, 872 FFPs were provided to fisherfolk of Sta. Teresita, Cagayan.

At the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), DSWD FO CAR has prepared 11,686 FFPs and 52,364 NFIs, together with PhP3.2 million in available standby funds.

For Central Luzon, DSWD FO III has a total of 4,562 FFPs amounting to PhP1.11 million are readily available at the regional satellite warehouses as of November 12.

For the Bicol Region, which was severely hit by Typhoon Rolly, DSWD FO 5 has a total of 24,897 FFPs available at its warehouses, along with standby funds amounting to PHP3 million to augment response operations and PPP15 million for welfare goods provided by the DSWD CO.

Additionally, 50,000 FFPs from the DSWD CO are in-transit, along with the additional procurement of 45,000 FFPs.

Protective services for affected families

The DSWD, being the lead in camp coordination and camp management, has also ensured the efficient and effective delivery of protective services to affected families and individuals.

In ensuring the management of evacuation centers, children, and women-friendly spaces made available, minimum health standards are practiced, in coordination with the Department of Health, and psychosocial support is extended to internally displaced persons.

DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista assured the public of the Department’s continued “maagap at mapagkalingang serbisyo (immediate and caring service).”

Camarines Norte townsfolk displaced by ‘Ulysses’ get immediate aid

Less than 12 hours after Typhoon Ulysses battered Camarines Norte on Wednesday, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) delivered relief goods and food packs to displaced residents in the province.

Jessar Adornado, operations division chief of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) 5 (Bicol), said on Thursday at least 5,000 food packs were brought to the province for distribution to more than 5,000 families or 21,000 persons affected by the typhoon’s onslaught.

“Also to be delivered tomorrow (Friday) are 400 rolls of sakoline, hygiene kits, and medicines,” Adornado said.

On Saturday, the Philippine Air Force (PAF) will conduct an aerial drop of relief goods to isolated barangays or towns that remain inaccessible due to landslides and eroded access roads.

Camarines Norte was nearest to the eye of the typhoon on Wednesday afternoon until evening, which resulted in massive flooding and toppling of power lines.

The province is still without electricity.

“Ulysses” was so far the strongest typhoon to hit Camarines Norte this year.

Governor Edgar Tallado held an emergency meeting on Thursday with disaster response agency officials for the assistance that the province is in dire need of, such as the restoration of damaged houses and infrastructure.

In their aerial survey, Adornado said massive flooding was spotted in the low-lying areas of Vinzons and Labo towns. (PNA)

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