The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has provided over PHP 2.69 million in humanitarian aid to families impacted by heavy rains and floods in parts of Mindanao.
Lopez, who serves as both DSWD Assistant Secretary for Strategic Communications, mentioned that affected families in the Davao and Caraga regions have received both food and non-food items through distribution efforts.
“Following the instruction of President (Ferdinand) Marcos (Jr.) to Secretary Rex Gatchalian, the agency has been in constant coordination with the local government units to ensure that the needs of the affected population will be immediately addressed,” he said in a news release.
Lopez reported that more than 41,100 family food packs (FFPs) were provided to affected families in Davao de Oro, Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental, Davao Occidental, Agusan del Sur, and Davao City.
Sleeping kits and modular tents were additionally supplied to the impacted families in Compostela town, Davao de Oro, according to Lopez.
He mentioned that Gatchalian held discussions with the local leaders of Davao Oriental last Saturday before supervising the distribution of relief in Governor Genoroso town. Furthermore, the DSWD head inspected the designated evacuation sites in the towns of Manay, Caraga, and Governor Genoroso.
Following the assessment of the impacted regions, Gatchalian guaranteed that the DSWD would promptly coordinate the provision of financial assistance to address the needs of the affected individuals.
Lopez stated that the DSWD is persistently supplying relief items to the affected local government units (LGUs) in Lupon and Governor Generoso towns in Davao Oriental, with assistance from the Philippine Navy and Air Force.
“Secretary Gatchalian extends his gratitude to these government agencies for providing us with logistical support to move our department’s food packs to areas that have been cut off from the road networks,” he said.
As of February 5, the DSWD documented a cumulative count of 309,090 families, equivalent to over 1 million individuals, who have been affected across various areas in the Davao, Soccsksargen, and Caraga regions, as conveyed by Lopez.
Among them, 108,275 families, approximately 410,771 persons, have been displaced and are presently seeking temporary refuge in assigned evacuation centers or staying with relatives and friends.