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DSWD continues to deliver ‘unhampered’ relief efforts to Albay evacuees

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The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said that its relief operations may continue even until the families affected by Mayon eruption return to their homes and get back on their feet.

The department continues to release food and non-food assistance such as its cash-for-work program to help respond to the needs of the evacuees.

The department said that it has so far provided a total of P32,833,008.72 worth of augmentation assistance to affected LGUs.

“This includes 50,095 family food packs amounting to P20,007,818.00 and non-food items (malong, assorted toys, dignity kits, and blankets) worth P12,825,190.72 to the provincial government and to the affected cities and municipalities of Ligao, Tabaco, and Legazpi; and Guinobatan, Malilipot, Bacacay, Sto. Domingo, Daraga, and Camalig,” the department said.

“We have been working very tightly with the provincial and local government units since Albay ordered the evacuation of evacuees, providing them with technical assistance in relation to camp coordination and management, safeguarding the welfare of the evacuees, and generation and consolidation of disaster response operations and monitoring reports daily,” DSWD Officer-in-Charge Emmanuel Leyco was quoted as saying.

“In fact, we already have a plan in place on how we will support the evacuees for 100 days and afterwards. We have many program beneficiaries among those forced to evacuate because of Mayon’s volcanic activities, and we are prepared to continue supporting them even as we also work hard to address the immediate needs of the rest of the evacuees,” he added.

“We have not been remiss in our duty to immediately respond to the needs of the affected families. In fact, just three days after Albay ordered the evacuation of more than 8,000 families within the 7-kilometer extended danger zone, our Field Office V was quick to augment 5,500 family food packs and 11,000 malongs upon the request of the Provincial Local Government Unit, while 500 food packs and 1,000 malongs were provided as initial augmentation to Legazpi City,” OIC Leyco explained.

Just recently, the Department has formally inked a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with local chief executives of the affected cities and municipalities for the Cash-for-Work (CFW) program, which will be implemented for 10 days this month.

“The DSWD has allotted a total of P61,973,000 for the program’s implementation. The funds will be downloaded to the LGUs once they have completed all the documentary requirements, including the submission of the project proposals and the Sangguniang Bayan (SB) resolutions,” the department said.