TYPHOON IMPACT. A disaster team of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office in Region 1 inspects a house damaged by a fallen tree due to Typhoon Betty in this undated photo. The DSWD provided PHP10,000 assistance to a family in Laoac, Pangasinan whose house was totally damaged due to fallen tree. (Photo from DSWD website)

MANILA – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) provided financial assistance to families whose houses were damaged due to Typhoon Betty, aside from family food packs the agency has distributed to fishermen affected by the “no sailing policy.”

In Ilocos Region, the DSWD Field Office (FO) provided financial assistance through the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) worth PHP10,000 to a family in Laoac, Pangasinan whose house was totally damaged due to a fallen tree caused by strong winds.

Another family with a partially damaged house in the same municipality received PHP5,000, again through AICS for shelter reconstruction.

Affected families in Laoac received a total of 10 Family Food Packs (FFPs), five hygiene kits, five sleeping kits, five family kits, five kitchen kits and two laminated sacks from DSWD FO 1.

In Region 3 (Central Luzon), the Department sent 1,305 FFPs for distribution to affected fisherfolk in Dingalan, Aurora.

Based on the May 30 report of the DSWD Disaster Response Management Bureau (DRMB), the Department has already provided an initial PHP150,157 worth of humanitarian assistance to families hit by the typhoon in the Ilocos and Cagayan Valley Regions.

The DSWD also extended PHP484,972 worth of aid to families affected by the southwest monsoon or “habagat” that was enhanced by Typhoon Betty.

Currently, the DSWD, in coordination with concerned local government units (LGUs), is monitoring the condition of 185 families or 729 individuals who are taking temporary shelter in 27 evacuation centers in the Ilocos, Cagayan Valley and Central Luzon Regions.

The DSWD is also observing the condition of 10 families in two evacuation centers in Western Visayas that were displaced by the southwest monsoon rains, DSWD spokesperson Romel Lopez said.

“Secretary Gatchalian has already instructed all DSWD Field Offices to continue the replenishment of food and non-food items in all regional warehouses and disaster hubs to guarantee enough assistance to displaced families and individuals,” Lopez added. (PNA)