Seniang’ evacuees start to return home

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) continues to provide the needed relief assistance to survivors of Typhoon Seniang through the local government units (LGU).

In CARAGA region, the DSWD-FIeld Office there has already provided 18,475 family food packs worth P7.7 million as augmentation assistance to Agusan del Norte (9,200 food packs), Agusan del Sur (3,375), Surigao del Sur (5,400), and Surigao del Norte with (500).

In Central Visayas, DSWD-Field Office VII has distributed close to 3,000 family food packs to the towns of Barili (1,917) and Dumanjug (1,000) as of December 30.
DSWD Central Office also sent 1,000 family food packs, some 1,000 pieces of mosquito nets, and 2,000 pieces of malong/blanket to Bohol via C-130 of the Philippine Air Force yesterday.

As of yesterday, some 268 evacuation centers in the affected regions remain open down from 648 at the height of the typhoon. Some 24,477 families or 97,883 persons are still housed in these temporary shelters.

DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano- Soliman said that a large number of evacuees have started to go home as the weather improved.

The Secretary thanked social workers and volunteers who managed the evacuation centers even during the new year celebration.#