DSWD 7 ‘on standby’ to help ‘Karding’ survivors in Luzon

THE Department of Social Welfare and Development in Central Visayas (DSWD 7) is ready to provide relief aid to survivors of super typhoon Karding (Noru) in Luzon, if necessary.

However, DSWD 7 Director Shalaine Lucero told SunStar Cebu on Wednesday, September 28, 2022, that they have yet to receive a mandate from their central office in Metro Manila.

Lucero said the DSWD 7 has enough supply of relief goods to distribute to survivors.

She said they’ve also prepared relief supplies for Cebu, which is in the middle of the rainy season.

Karding first developed as a low-pressure area in the east of Central Luzon and further intensified as a super typhoon that devastated provinces in Ilocos Region, Mimaropa and Cordillera Administrative Region, among others.

As of September 28, a total of 39,893 families, equivalent to 157,023 people, were affected by the typhoon, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

Meanwhile, the DSWD central office announced that it has released over P22.7 million in relief assistance to Karding survivors.

It also provided cash assistance amounting to P2.73 million under the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation through its field offices (FOs).

Of the amount, the agency gave financial assistance worth P5,000 to each of the 475 families in Aurora Province and 69 families in Quezon Province whose houses were damaged.

It also gaveP10,000 in cash to one family whose house was destroyed in Kabayan, Benguet Province.

It also delivered family food packs and other relief items to hard-to-reach areas in Quezon Province and other remote communities affected by the typhoon.

On Monday, September 26, the DSWD announced that it has set aside a budget of P1.1 billion for its disaster response and to support relief efforts in typhoon-affected communities.

Of the amount, P103.1 million are quick response funds of the DSWD central office, while P43.08 million has already been made available in the Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol, National Capital Region and the Cordillera Administrative Region. (HIC)