DSWD Funds and Relief supplies ready for Distribution in Eastern Visayas

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A March 22, 2011 press release by the Department of Social Welfare and Development
Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman assured that there are enough funds and relief supplies ready for distribution to local government units affected by continuous heavy rains and floods in Eastern Visayas since March 16.
Secretary Soliman said that the DSWD has released a total of P425,000 worth of augmentation support to the affected local government units (LGUs) to assist some 31,451 family-evacuees or 158,684 individuals.
Likewise, on March 18, Secretary Soliman ordered the release of additional P2.5 million worth of relief assistance composed of food and non-food items.
Secretary Soliman added that as of March 21, some 6,101 families with 29,256 persons are now staying in 48 evacuation centers in Region VIII.  The evacuation centers are located in Leyte (43), Maslog (2) in Eastern Samar, Pambujan (2) in Northern Samar and San Juan de Buan (1) in Western Samar.
“In Leyte alone, some 5,799 families with 27,746 persons are staying in the evacuation centers located in the municipalities of Dagami, Palo, Sta. Fe, Talosa and Tacloban City,” Secretary Soliman disclosed.
The province of Leyte and Tacloban City are now under the State of Calamity.
Likewise, the DSWD-Region VIII Office and the concerned LGus continue to serve some 25,237 families with 127,704 persons outside evacuation centers.
Ninety-six (96) houses were damaged by heavy rains in Tacloban City with 90 totally damaged and six were partially damaged.
The DSWD-Quick Response Team (QRT) in Region VIII are still on 24-hour duty ready to assist local social workers in data gathering and in managing evacuation centers.