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P23-M worth of relief assistance already given to over 88,000 families in CAR

by Lito Dar

Baguio City (31 October) -- The Cordillera region has yet to recover from the damages wrought by typhoons "Ondoy and "Pepeng," but once again we are facing a new weather disturbance, typhoon "Santi."

According to PAGASA's forecast, they are still expecting about three to four weather disturbance to hit the country before the year ends.

The government, the private sector and the international community are now working hand in hand to provide assistance to the families affected by such calamities. In the data gathered by the Department of Social Welfare and Development from different Municipal Disaster Coordinating Councils, as of Monday afternoon, Oct 26, more than P23 Million worth of relief assistance were already given to more than 88,000 affected families (more than 420 persons) from 749 different barangays in the region.

According to Ms Edeline Genove of DSWD-CAR Crisis Intervention Unit, of these P23 Million, P7.2 million came from the Local Government Units, P5.71 million from the DSWD, P5.75 Million from the NGAs/NGOs/People's Organization (POs) and about P5.2 million came from the United Nations World Food Program.

Other groups including media organizations have been sending relief assistance to the affected municipalities in the region. The "Sagip Kapamilya" of ABS-CBN Foundation, in coordination with the city government of Baguio, have distributed relief goods to 1,500 affected families in the city at the Convention Center Thursday.

Just this Friday, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Friday, led the send-off ceremony of a relief caravan, composed of more than 100 vans and trucks, to pre-position relief goods in areas of Luzon.

The said caravan, dubbed as "Sama-samang Pagtulong Relief Caravan," is in partnership of 21 national government agencies and private and international organizations.

At the local level, Office of Civil Defense (OCD-CAR) Regional Director Olivia Luces assured that prepositioning of supply, even to the remaining isolated towns of Benguet, are continuously being done. DSWD-CAR Public Information Officer Hiyasmin Zambrano also assured that they have enough augmentation supply stocks for any eventuality and so as their central office.

Luces also confirmed that they are now on full alert, in monitoring the movement of typhoon "Santi." According to Luces, they have already sent advisories to the Provincial and municipal DCCs, to take pro-active actions and order pre-emptive evacuations if necessary.

According to Luces, the OCD is closely monitoring two mountains in Ansagan, Itogon Benguet, that have probability to collapse during heavy rainfall as it is impounding water and may endanger many communities, from Ansagan proper and on the way to Binalonan. (PIA) [top]

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