DSWD: enough stockpiles, standby funds for quake zone, as private aid starts to flow
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MANILA - (UPDATE, 12:35 PM) The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) gave assurances its local field offices in earthquake-hit Surigao del Norte and nearby affected areas have enough stockpiles and funds to meet the immediate needs of quake victims.
This, as assistance from the private sector started to pour into Surigao via Butuan province to augment government resources and manpower, PCOO Secretary Marin Andanar said on Radyo ng Bayan Sunday morning.
Relatedly, a Lockheed C-130 "Hercules" cargo aircraft laden with relief supplies for quake-battered Surigao City landed in Butuan City Sunday morning, said National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) chair Ricardo Jalad.
PCOO's Andanar, interviewed as he was waiting to meet President Duterte at Butuan airport, said the President was to personally assess the damage wrought by the magnitude 6.7 earthquake late Friday, the strongest that hit the area since 1879.
According to Andanar, among the first private initiatives in response to the disaster was from the MVP Group of companies.
The MVP Group's PLDT and Smart sent mobile phones and was setting up charging stations, similar to what they did right after typhoon Yolanda and the Bohol quake occurred in 2013.
The Group's Maynilad was also helping boost the water supply, as lack of water was identified as an urgent need, with a substantial part of Surigao's infrastructure damaged by the earthqauke.
Andanar said that initial assessment reports they received from the Department of Social Welfare and Development showed 300 homes damaged in Caraga region; 155 homes destroyed and 179 partially damaged in Surigao City.
The PCOO secretary encouraged private-sector parties wishing to help the quake victims to course their assistance through the DSWD if they do not have their own representatives on the ground.
DSWD: P1.6-B standby fund
The DSWD said Saturday that its Central Office (CO), Field Office (FO) CARAGA, and National Resource Operations Center (NROC) have a total stockpiles and standby funds of P1,608,152,843.65 in Surigao City.
The breakdown follows:
A total of 109,501 Family Food Packs amounting to Php 42,288,535.84 and available Food and Non-Food Items amounting to Php124,055,601.88.
DSWD Secretary Judy M. Taguiwalo said there was also a total of Php 1,441,808,705.93 standby funds at the CO and FO. Of this amount, Php 1,438,912,784.02 is the available Quick Response Fund at the CO.
Taguiwalo said the Field Office has facilitated with a water company for the delivery on Saturday of 2,500 gallons of water to Brgy Taft, Surigao City, where there is the most number of damaged houses and residents opted to stay on the streets.
She once again reiterated her call for residents to remain calm and be attentive to warnings and advisory.
The Disaster Response Assistance and Management Bureau (DReAMB) was still on red alert status as it provided 24-hour monitoring, she added.
It has activated its Quick Response Team (QRT) at the Regional Level and its Social Welfare and Development (SWAD) Teams at the provincial level to provide technical assistance and resource augmentation to the disaster operations of the Provincial and City LGUs.
A total of 28 barangays in Surigao City, Mainit, San Francisco, and Sison had been affected by the tremor. The DSWD-Field Office CARAGA is currently validating the total number of affected families and persons.
Initial relief supplies arrive in Butuan
Also, a Lockheed C-130 "Hercules" cargo aircraft laden with relief supplies for quake-battered Surigao City landed in Butuan City Sunday morning.
National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) chair Ricardo Jalad said the transported 10 generator sets, 150 solar lamps, 30,000 pieces of "HEB", 4,090 bars of brown rice, 100 rolls of laminated sacks, 2,000 pieces of mosquito nets, 2,000 plastic mats, and 2,000 blankets.
All items were loaded in Air Force C-130 aircraft in Villamor Air Base which left around 5 a.m. Sunday.
These supplies will be trucked to Surigao City around 124 kilometers away.
Relief supplies were landed at the Butuan City's Bancasi Airport after the the Surigao Airport was declared closed to all fixed-wing traffic as its runway sustained a 300-meter long crack in wake of the magnitude 6.7 earthquake last Feb. 10.