As DSWD receives disaster reports on Habagat affected families, Regional Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo affirmed its readiness to augment relief goods for requesting Local Government Units (LGUS).

“At present, the affected LGUs are still able to provide the immediate interventions since they are the first responders to victims of any disaster,” Director Castillo said.

Nonetheless, continued monitoring and validation on the situation of all LGUs are facilitated. DSWD has standby goods and quick relief funds ready to augment the needs of affected LGUs.

Based on report of the DSWD FO1 Disaster Response Assistance and Management Unit (DReAMU), the LGUs that released family food packs are Santa (Php 5,404.00 worth of goods), Narvacan (Php 9,632.00) and Candon City (Php 44,550.00), all in the Province of Ilocos Sur.

In coordination and validation with the P/C/MDRRMCs and P/C/MSWDOs, a total of 213,600 individuals / 43,892 families and 89 barangays of 14 cities/municipalities were affected in three provinces of the Region. As of today, there are 14 existing evacuation centers with 276 families/ 1,142 individuals (by: Iryn D. Cubangbang, Information Officer II)