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Php 700k Aid for Ursula Victims

Local Government Units and the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office VI released a total of P766,440 worth of assistance to those affected by tropical cyclone Ursula. Records revealed local government units in Capiz and Iloilo released P523,440 worth of aid to those affected. The Department of Social Welfare and Development, meanwhile, released P243,000-worth of assistance.

The help came in the form of family food packs and provision of non-food items for the municipalities of Dao, Sigma and Panitan in Capiz; and Sara in Iloilo Province. As of writing, the agency continues in receiving additional reports from other localities affected by Ursula, particularly in badly hit Aklan. Due to massive power loss in Northern Iloilo, Capiz and Aklan, the transmission of reports has been difficult for the field-based workers.

The number of affected families grew to 14,558 as of 8:30 pm on Thursday when employees were able to find mobile phone charging stores. These families consist of 66,994 persons coming from 193 barangays. Among areas affected are Dao, Cuartero, Ivisan, Maayon, Mambusao, Sapian, Sigma, Panitan and Pilar in Capiz; Sara, Balasan, San Dionisio, Banate, Passi City and Estancia in Iloilo.

This report on families affected does not yet include Aklan’s statistics.

Moreover, records also show that there are still 1,548 families composed of 5,608 persons who are taking temporary shelters in evacuation centers. Some 1,937 families composed of 7,998 persons, on the other hand, are temporarily staying with their relatives and friends. /DSWD6

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