LEGAZPI CITY (PIA)-The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has so far provided P48,424,339.40 worth of assistance for Typhoon Rolly and P4,417,500.00 for Typhoon Ulysses after three typhoons drastically hit Bicol leaving casualties and damages to houses.
The families of the casualties were each given P10,000 cash assistance under the department's Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) program. As of this writing, the Office of Civil Defense reported 21 and 6 dead due to Typhoon Rolly and Ulysses respectively.
DSWD Bicol also distributed financial assistance to the families with partially and totally damaged houses in the different municipalities of the region. Through its Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA) program, DSWD is set to assist typhoon victims in the reconstruction of their totally damaged houses.
Moreover, the department also continues in providing family food packs and non-food items to different provinces as immediate assistance to the affected families. The provision of food and non-food items is the DSWD's augmentation program to the regular provision of local government units during calamities.
According to DSWD's Disaster Response Operations Monitoring and Information Center for Typhoon Ulysses, there are 8,701 family food packs available at the DSWD warehouses in Legazpi City, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur and Masbate as of date.
Further, there are also enough stockpile of food items such as rice, sardines, corned beef and coffee as well as non-food items including tents, sleeping kits, family kit, hygiene kit, malong, laminated sacks and blankets.
There is also an available quick response fund of P3 million and a total of P15 million budget for welfare goods.
Aside from these programs, DSWD also provides psycho-social intervention sessions to affected individuals to help them cope with the traumatic experience. (PIA5/CEB/DSWD5/MM)