DSWD partners with Coast Guard, PAF for shipment of relief goods to earthquake hit areas

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Field Office VII has partnered with the Philippine Coast Guard to deliver an estimated 10,000 family packs of relief goods to the earthquake victims in Bohol.

“The Coast Guard will depart for Bohol as soon as loading of the relief goods will be finished. The goods will then be coursed through the affected Local Government Units (LGUs)”, said Jennifer Abastillas, DSWD-7 Disaster Risk Reduction Management Focal Person.

On October 16, about 2,000 family packs were also airlifted to Bohol using a C-130 plane of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Each family pack contains 5 assorted canned goods, 3 kilos of rice, 2-3 packs of noodles and 1 (4-litre) drinking water

Meanwhile, the Rotary Club of Cebu, some media personalities and other civil society groups have donated several boxes of canned goods and noodles.

To date, there are a total of 51 evacuation centers opened in Bohol and Cebu catering to 6,339 families or 37,426 individuals. There are fifty-three casualties from injuries.

The DSWD-7 Quick Response Team (QRT) in coordination with the DSWD field staff continue to monitor and retrieve data from the affected areas.

Meanwhile, over a hundred volunteers flocked to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Field Office VII to help out in sorting, packing, handling and hauling relief goods for the victims of the earthquake.

Heidelin Demecillo, who is currently taking up her studies in the University of the Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF), together with her classmates, helped in packing relief goods at the grounds of the social welfare agency. “We don’t have classes today so we thought of volunteering and helping out however we can”, she said.

“We always welcome the help of the volunteers since they augment the disaster operations of the agency especially when most of our staff still also have to continue with their regular functions amidst the disaster”, said Christine Escolano from the Capacity Building Unit of DSWD who was in-charge of the volunteers.

Volunteers were asked to pack DSWD family pack relief goods such as 5 assorted canned goods, 3 kilos of rice, 2-3 packs of noodles and 1 (4-litre) drinking water to be distributed to the earthquake victims in Bohol and Cebu. As of 2PM of October 16, 2013, there are a total of 8,269 affected families in the region.

DSWD is targeting eighteen thousand (18,000) family packs to be readily available for distribution the soonest possible time.

Meanwhile, more than fifty (50) marine and nautical engineering students from the University of Cebu (UC) came to assist the Department. UC Executives also offered their bus to be used for the delivery of the goods to Pier 1 where a boat of the Philippine Coast Guard will take these goods to Bohol as soon as loading will be done tonight. (With report by Simeon Remata III) #


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