DSWD: Much work needed post-Mt. Kanlaon eruption; 2,800 families in evacuation centers

DSWD: Much work needed post-Mt. Kanlaon eruption; 2,800 families in evacuation centers

OVER two weeks since Mt. Kanlaon erupted, many affected families are still temporarily residing in evacuation centers.

According to the latest update from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) this Wednesday morning, a total of 51,000 individuals or 15,000 families across 23 barangays in Regions VI and VII have been affected.

In line with this, there is still much work to be done by the DSWD in these regions, according to DSWD Undersecretary Edu Punay.

Punay reported that the agency has already distributed over 26 million pesos worth of assistance to the affected regions of Mt. Kanlaon’s eruption.

“Our operations continue in our regions, particularly here in Kanlaon, where our relief and early recovery operations are ongoing,” according to Usec. Edu Punay, DSWD.

According to DSWD data, over 2,800 families are still in five evacuation centers.

The agency has previously provided financial assistance for rebuilding damaged properties or homes of the victims. They also provided family food packs, hygiene kits, and sleeping kits.

“We have an early recovery phase where our fellow citizens can now return to their homes. We provide emergency cash transfer assistance of up to fifteen thousand pesos to help them start anew because they lost their homes and need a fresh start,” said Punay.

 

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