P1.3-M initial humanitarian aid delivered to Typhoon Aghon-affected areas—DSWD

P1.3-M initial humanitarian aid delivered to Typhoon Aghon-affected areas—DSWD

SEVERAL parts of the country continue to experience the onslaught of Typhoon Aghon.

According to PAGASA, flooding and landslides are possible, especially in areas that have experienced heavy rainfall in recent days.

In response to this, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) continues to coordinate to localities affected by Typhoon Aghon for the assistance efforts.

During a public briefing on Monday, DSWD Spokesperson Assistant Secretary Irene Dumlao stated that they have delivered initial humanitarian assistance to the provinces of Marinduque, Oriental Mindoro, Albay, Camarines Sur, and Sorsogon.

She mentioned that a total of over 1.3 million pesos worth of family food packs and non-food items have been delivered to these areas.

“As we are in the response stage, the immediate items we are sending are food, particularly family food packs. Similarly, for those in evacuation centers, the aid we provide includes non-food items, especially hygiene kits and sleeping kits,” said Asec. Irene Dumlao, Spokesperson, DSWD.

DSWD has also held meetings with other agencies to prepare necessary aid such as food, medicine, and the transportation of relief items.

“DSWD, being the vice-chair of the response cluster of NDRRMC pillar on response, has been coordinating with member agencies… Last Saturday, we identified the needs and prepare the necessary assistance.”

“And of course, to the other agencies that are our partners in transporting or ferrying these relief items, we have also consulted with them,” Dumlao added.

In addition, Department of Health (DOH) Spokesperson Assistant Secretary Albert Domingo assured that hospitals in affected areas are prepared for the possible effects of the typhoon.

“Our assistance for Typhoon Aghon includes activating code white in hospitals in affected areas since May 24. There’s no need to worry; this means our system is fully prepared and operational,” stated Asec. Albert Domingo, Spokesperson, DOH.

DOE urges public to conserve electricity amidst Typhoon Aghon

On the other hand, the Energy Department has called for the public’s cooperation to reduce electricity usage.

This comes after a significant decrease in available power supply in Luzon due to the impact of Typhoon Aghon.

During a virtual press conference, DOE Secretary Raphael Lotilla urged everyone to conserve energy to reduce the need for dispatching more expensive oil-based power plants.

“We would like to ask everyone’s cooperation to minimize the use of electricity in Luzon Grid. The typhoon caused a substantial decrease in the available power supply in the grid at the time when the hydropower plants have not recovered from low water supply,” Sec. Raphael Lotilla, DOE stated.

Secretary Lotilla also encouraged commercial and industrial consumers to participate in the Interruptible Load Program (ILP).

He explained that oil-based power plants were used temporarily as sources of electricity in Luzon grid due to the absence of hydro power plants.

Under the ILP, large companies that consume significant amounts of electricity temporarily refrain from drawing power from the grid.

Instead, they use their own generators or reduce operations if there is a shortage of power supply.

Meanwhile, DOE officials reported that nine (9) power plants were affected by Typhoon Aghon, leading to their capacity to supply electricity being shut down due to the severe weather conditions.

A total of 23 power plants were not generating electricity, with 12 already offline before the typhoon.

A total of 23 power plants were not generating electricity, with 12 already offline before the typhoon struck due to being derated or offline.

Energy Undersecretary Rowena Cristina Guevara shared that the Red Alert status in Luzon is expected to continue next week if some power plants remain unavailable to meet the increasing demand for electricity.

“If the situation does not improve, if the plants that went offline because of the typhoon do not come back by next week, probably we’ll have a red alert also next week,” Usec. Rowena Cristina Guevara, DOE expressed.

According to PAGASA, Typhoon Aghon is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Wednesday night.


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