Report from DSWD: Help for Mayon-affected residents now at P81.09 Million, conditions for 4Ps beneficiaries waived

Residents of Albay in evacuation centers / photo from PAGCOR (ctto)

Manila, Philippines – On Wednesday, the Department of Social Welfare and Development has reported that a total of P81.09 million worth of assistance has been extended to the affected families made by series of eruptions of Mayon volcano.

Out of the said amount, P18.93 was sourced from the department, then P2.85 million from local government units (LGUs), then P532,626 from non-government organizations (NGOs), and P58.78  million from other humanitarian aid providers.

This report was issued on January 31 by the Disaster Response Operations Monitoring and Information Center (DROMIC).

According to DSWD Officer-in-Charge Emmanuel Leyco said that the department and its provincial office in Bicol region are helping LGUs meet the needs of the evacuated residents in Albay.

“Based on our consultations with DSWD Field Office 5 (Bicol), we have enough provisions to augment the supplies we already prepositioned with the LGUs. We maintain a daily inventory of said supplies, and we closely monitor them to ensure that we can immediately send more from our warehouses in Pasay and Cebu,” Leyco said in a statement.

Albay’s provincial action teams have distributed food packs to displaced families from Barangay Matanag, Legazpi City who are staying at the Albay Central School, and also to evacuees at the Buraguis Elementary School, Legazpi as of Tuesday.

The food packs contain 6kg of rice, four cans of sardines, four cans of corned beef, and 6 packs of coffee.

The DSWD also coordinated with the Office of the Civil Defense to talk about President Rodrgo Duterte’s instruction to construct additional toilets, and temporary learning spaces in evacuation centers.

Furthermore, for the affected areas, DSWD has waived the conditions for beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).

“We have already met with officials of our regional office in Bicol and we decided that we will call for the suspension of the conditionalities for 4Ps so that our beneficiaries can receive their cash grants without having to meet the conditions for the program,” Leyco said.

“We will make our cash-for-work payouts more frequently so that the beneficiaries would be able to receive the cash as they need them,” he added, this applies to all affected beneficiaries staying in evacuation centers.

Source: PNA

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