Typhoon Ineng_001In preparation for disaster response to victims of Typhoon Ineng, DSWD Field Office 1 (FO 1) monitors disaster operations in the Local Government Units (LGUs) and intensifies repacking of family food packs.

Currently, DSWD FO 1 is ready with its 29,000 family food packs and standby funds to assist the LGUs in relief operations and rehabilitation activities.

As of 6 PM today (21 August 2015), the Disaster Response Assistance and Management Unit (DReAMU) in partnership with the Planning Unit monitored 792 families or 3,573 persons affected in 20 barangays in the Province of Ilocos Norte and 3 barangays in Ilocos Sur.

Of the above typhoon victims, 23 families or 268 are in evacuation centers, while 42 partially and 18 totally damaged houses were also reported. Most of these damaged houses (20 partially and 16 totally – damaged) are from San Vicente, Ilocos Sur. Three casualties were identified from Ilocos Norte – 1 missing and 1 injured in Badoc and 1 dead in Solsona.

Regional Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo oversees the overall disaster operation as Provincial Operations Offices in Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur are on duty coordinating with their respective Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC).

Some community-resident volunteers and DSWD FO1 Quick Action Response Teams (QuART) are helping in the repacking of goods at DSWD warehouse at the Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth. (by: Iryn D. Cubangbang, Information Oficer II)