DSWD dispatches additional tarpaulin sheets to Odette-affected areas

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) oversaw the distribution of trapal or tarpaulin sheets to families affected by Typhoon Odette. Photo: DSWD

QUEZON CITY — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) led the distribution of trapal or tarpaulin sheets to families affected by Typhoon Odette, following President Rodrigo Roa Duterte's order.

Today, December 28, a Boeing Aircraft delivered 500 rolls of sakoline (laminated sacks) to Butuan – Surigao. Additional tarpaulin sheets and family tents will be sent to disaster areas by other DSWD Field Offices in Odette-affected areas.

DSWD Field Office CALABARZON will augment MIMAROPA with 500 family tents, while DSWD Field Office V will deliver 500 laminated sacks to affected areas. The National Resource Operations Center (NROC) delivered to Siargao 272 family tents earlier this month.

Apart from shelter materials, the Department also distributed food to impacted communities. Five hundred family food packs (FFPs) were delivered to Inabanga, Bohol, by several government institutions, including the DSWD FO VII, the Office of Civil Defense, and the Regional Maritime Unit-7.

Similarly, in Western Visayas, DSWD FO VI increased the number of FFPs to 2,200 in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental. FO VI staff were also on hand to assist the local government unit in expediting aid distribution to affected residents (LGU).

In Palawan, the DSWD FO MIMAROPA distributed approximately 2,000 FFPs to the local government unit of Taytay. The FFPs were escorted to the Port of Puerto Princesa by the Philippine Coast Guard.

Additionally, the DSWD FO CARAGA has begun distributing financial assistance to families affected by Typhoon Odette in Dapa, Surigao del Norte, and Basilisa, Province of Dinagat Islands, under the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) program. 

FO CARAGA stated that additional families from other affected municipalities can expect assistance as soon as the results of the DSWD and affected local government units' rapid assessment are validated.

As of December 29, 6 a.m., affected families had already received more than P180 million in humanitarian assistance. 

DSWD provided over P137 million in augmentation assistance, concerned local government units provided over P42 million to assist their constituents, and non-government organizations and other partners provided over P1 million in aid. (Source: DSWD/PRESS RELEASE)

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