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PIA Press Release
2006/10/02

"Milenyo" victims going back to normal lives - DSWD

Quezon City (2 October) -- "Victims of typhoon Milenyo are now starting to go back to their normal lives," announced Department of Social Welfare and development (DSWD) Undersecretary Celia C. Yangco during today's "Kapihan ng Bayan" at the Sulo Hotel where she represented Secretary Esperanza I. Cabral who enplaned to Zamboanga City.

Undersecretary Yangco said that DSWD offices in Regions III, IV-A, V, VI, VIII and the National Capital Region are now doing rehabilitation efforts through Cash-for-work and Food-for-Work.

Cash-for-Work and Food-for-Work are strategies for people's participation in community development efforts during rehabilitation after the occurrence of disaster and also during mitigation and disaster preparedness activities. The beneficiaries are given cash and food as compensation for a day's work.

Yangco also said that the DSWD will augment LGU funds to pay for financial assistance to families with injured and dead members.

Meanwhile, the DSWD continues to provide relief assistance to the victims.

Some P5.9 million worth of food and non-food relief supplies have been extended to Regions III, IV-A, V, VI, VIII and NCR.

Of this amount, P4.4 million came from the augmentation assistance of the DSWD, P1.4 million from the concerned local government units, and P3,800 from the non-government organizations.

In Region IV-A, the DSWD provided P1.2 million worth of assorted relief goods to the Provinces of Cavite, Quezon, Laguna, Rizal and Muntinlupa thru its local counterparts. Each province deploys a team in the area to conduct assessment of the conditions of the victims and extend the needed services.

The DSWD Region V, on the other hand, has extended almost P1.5 million worth of relief support to the affected families thru the local governments of Albay, Camarines Sur, and Sorsogon.

Secretary Cabral reiterated the deployment of DSWD Quick Response Teams (QRTs) in all the affected areas to conduct rapid assessment.

Donations for typhoon victims are accepted at the National Relief Operations Center (NROC), a DSWD-managed facility in Pasay City with telephone number 852-80-81.

Social Welfare Inquiry and Donor's Desk have also been set-up at the DSWD Central Office (951-74-35) and at the Field Offices to provide information about the typhoon and to also accept donations. (DSWD-Social Marketing) [top]

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