The Department of Social Welfare and Development continues to assist the victims of flooding brought about by the intertropical convergence zone in Regions VI, VII, IX, X and XII. 

As of 12 noon today, a total of 14,717 families composed of 64,136 persons coming from the 112 barangays of the 11 municipalities and 10 cities in the eight (8) provinces of Regions VI, VII, IX, X and XII were affected by floods. A total of 63 evacuation centers are currently providing temporary shelter to 4,720 families or 24,251 persons. 

Moreover, 8,875 families or 34,505 persons, who opted to stay with their relatives and friends, are also being provided with relief assistance outside the evacuation centers. Assistance to affected families reached P2.6 million from the combined resources of DSWD, P2.2 million and LGUs, P405,307.00. 

According to DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman, P92.4 million worth of emergency relief resources are already prepositioned by the Department in all affected regions, including the DSWD-National Resource Operations Center (NROC) consisting of standby fund (P6.3 million), 33,403 family food packs (P8.21 million), other food (P27.86 million), and non-food items (P50.06 million). 

In a report submitted to Secretary Soliman, DSWD Region VII Director Mercedita Jabagat said that 46 sacks of rice worth P60,750 were distributed to displaced families in Bayawan City, Negros Oriental last October 6. 

Aside from this, 3,200 family packs will be sent today, October 8 to the five affected municipalities in Negros Oriental. 

In Talisay, Cebu, some 400 family food packs were sent to affected families, and additional 3,628 family food packs will be delivered to the area within this week. The DSWD Field Offices continue to coordinate with the local social welfare and development offices in the affected areas. DSWD’s Quick Response and Action Teams in the regions are still on 24 hours duty.

Globe GCASH donation
Leading telecommunications company Globe Telecom has again opened up its GCASH micro-payment service to accept donations for victims of super typhoon Odette as well as those affected by the ongoing unrest in Zamboanga City.
Both donations are being handled by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) which is currently spearheading the government’s efforts to provide basic necessities for the victims such as food, water, and clothing.
To contribute via GCASH, Globe subscribers can simply dial *143# on their mobile phone, choose GCASH, Others, Donate, Amount, MPIN, DSWD.
“Since not all of us can lend our time and efforts in the relief operations, we hope that through our GCASH facility, concerned subscribers can still do their share in helping alleviate the condition of our fellow citizens who are currently staying in evacuation sites and are in dire need of our assistance. Even small amounts when pooled together can do miracles,” said Fernando Esguerra, OIC, Globe Corporate Social Responsibility.
Although super typhoon Odette already left the country last Saturday , heavy rains have flooded several provinces and even caused landslides particularly in Ilocos, Cordillera, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, and MIMAROPA regions.
In Zamboanga, thousands of residents remain in evacuation sites as clashes between the military and members of the Moro National Liberation Front continue.