There are 378 barangays with 53,437 families or 226,637 persons affected by the strong rains and winds of ‘Typhoon Luis’ as monitored by DSWD Field Office 1 Planning Unit with the disaster reports of Local Government Units (LGUs) and Social Welfare and Development Action Teams in the provinces.

There were 28 evacuation centers reported which catered to 923 families or 4,400 individuals during the onslaught of ‘Typhoon Luis.’

Accordingly, there are 41 partially damaged houses in Ilocos Norte (22 houses); La Union (15 houses); and in Pangasinan (4); while 7 totally damaged houses were reported, 6 came from Pangasinan and 1 in La Union.

The DSWD Field Office 1 provided Php 877,450.00 worth of relief augmentation in Balungao, 500 packs; Mangaldan, 1,000; Rosales, 1,000 packs; and in Calasiao, 1,000 packs in the province of Pangasinan. Also, the Local Government Units (LGUs) in these areas provided immediate relief to the typhoon victims such as San Fernando City, Php 4,606.00; Alaminos City, Php 8,100.00; Urdaneta City, Php 125, 800.00; and San Quintin, Pangasinan with Php 61,700.00.

Previously, a total of 14,500 family food packs were prepositioned in the provinces of Ilocos Norte (1,000); Ilocos Sur (1,000); Pangasinan (2,000); and in the vulnerable areas due to flooding and isolation such as Rosales (4,000), Manaoag (1,000) and Bani, Pangasinan (4,000) and Cervantes (1,000) in Ilocos Sur.

More than 8,050 boxes amounting to Php 3,099,250 of distilled bottled water were also distributed.

The DSWD Field Office 1 is still on-duty in capturing the incoming disaster reports of LGUs as there are still areas where floodwaters have not subsided such as in Calasiao, Pangasinan and in Dagupan City, Division Chief Anniely J. Ferrer mentioned.

Moreover, DSWD is still accommodating relief augmentation requests from the LGUs, Ferrer added.

The above prepositioned goods were used to immediately respond to the requesting LGUs such as in the case of Rosales, Pangasinan. (by: Iryn D. Cubangbang, Information Officer II)