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DSWD releases P199-M relief aid for ‘Ulysses’ victims

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The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) continues to provide relief assistance to victims of Typhoon Ulysses.

In an update released on December 7, 2020, the agency’s Disaster Response Operations Monitoring and Information Center (DROMIC) reported it has so far poured a total of PHP199,436,373 to aid Filipinos who were affected by the recent calamity.

The amount came from the fund of the agency, local government units (LGUs), non-government organizations, and other private sectors.

The aid came in the form of family food packs and non-food items such as sleeping kits, kitchen kits, and hygiene kits.

Based on DROMIC’s official tally, the typhoon has affected 1,202,886 families in 7,251 barangays.

As of Monday, there are still 9,726 families or 39,028 persons taking shelter in 240 evacuation centers. It also added that 1,994 families or 7,787 persons are staying outside evacuation centers.

DSWD spokesperson Irene Dumlao said these families have opted to stay with their nearby relatives or friends.

“Lesser families in evacuation centers means they are slowly going back to their homes and are recuperating,” Dumlao added.

Typhoon Ulysses has totally damaged 23,173 houses and partially damaged 166,407 houses.

Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development Secretary Eduardo del Rosario has partnered with various concerned agencies to provide financial assistance for the settlement of those affected by recent typhoons through the Build Back Better Task Force.

Earlier, the National Housing Authority estimated that the government would need PHP2.2 billion to provide one-time housing cash assistance to typhoon victims. (Christine Cudis, PNA)

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