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PIA Press Release
2009/10/07

DSWD spends P2 million daily for relief

Manila (7 September) -- The Arroyo administration is spending P2 million a day to feed people in 2000 evacuation centers for the past nine days as a result of typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng.

Social Welfare and Development Secretary Esperanza Cabral said the money was on top of the donations in cash and in kind from private organizations.

She said the evacuees normally enjoy six meals a day—including snacks being given them by the numerous NGOs and business and civic clubs that distribute their goods directly to the evacuation centers.

"We now have to wait for the signal from the proposed resettlements or relocation camps before we can let go of these evacuees," Cabral said.

Regular medical and dental teams are also making the rounds of the evacuation centers to protect them from disease outbreaks caused by the garbage piles, improper sanitation and hygiene and even the places which are still under water as these are good breeding grounds for mosquitoes that can carry diseases like dengue, Cabral said. (PIA) [top]

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