THERE’S no stopping for the Department of Social Welfare and Development under the leadership of Secretary Rex Gatchalian in extending the much-needed assistance and support to Filipinos who have been affected by disasters particularly typhoons and earthquakes.
In Eastern Visayas alone, more than P272-million worth of humanitarian aid has been provided to the families affected by a weather system called shear line that struck the region last month.
Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs Irene B. Dumlao said the aid included family food packs, non-food items, and cash through the agency’s Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation program.
A total of 323,301 food boxes amounting to more than P222 million were distributed to the affected families from the provinces of Biliran, Eastern Samar, Northern Samar, Western Samar, and Southern Leyte.
“The DSWD Western Visayas is continuously coordinating with the National Resource Operations Center on the delivery of the requested additional FFPs intended for the affected families,” said Dumlao, who is also the agency’s data privacy officer and co-spokesperson.
“Aside from food packs, the DSWD also provided cash assistance to allow the affected families to buy or purchase other necessities in their preference.”
Some 17,331 beneficiaries from Northern Samar received financial assistance from the DSWD, with a total disbursement of P49.9-M.
DSWD chief receives 100K ‘Happy Meal’ toys
Secretary Gatchalian has received 100,000 pieces of Happy Meal Toys from McDonald’s Philippines, in partnership with its charity of choice the Ronald McDonald House Charities.
This initiative is part of the “Share the Light and Share the Kindness” project of Mcdo Philippines that aims to spread kindness to the children in local communities, especially underprivileged kids and families during this holiday season.
The donated toys will be distributed to elementary students under the Tara, Basa! Tutoring Program, as well as children-beneficiaries of Oplan Pag-abot and children-residents of various DSWD centers.