By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on Tuesday assured that distribution of relief assistance will continue for the affected families of Typhoon Ompong including those who have returned home and in hard-to-reach areas.
So far, 112,890 families or 427,326 persons in Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Central and Southern Luzon, Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), and National Capital Region (NCR) who fled to evacuation centers during the onslaught of the typhoon have already returned home.
Meanwhile, 1,977 families or 7,103 individuals are still staying in 87 evacuations centers in Central Luzon, Calabarzon and CAR.
Most of these are in Central Luzon with 53 evacuation centers housing a total of 1,619 families or 5,690 individuals.
“Our help does not stop when evacuees return home. We continue to reach out to our kababayans, especially those who have been severely affected by ‘Ompong’ to help them bounce back to their normal lives,” DSWD Secretary Virginia Orogo said.
The DSWD-Ilocos Region has started to conduct a rapid damage assessment and needs analysis of houses in the region, which was placed under state of calamity.
As of the latest report of the FO, there are 16,808 partially- and 800 totally-damaged houses reported throughout the region.
Damaged houses that will be assessed will be included in the DSWD’s Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA) program.
Under ESA, households with partially-damaged houses will receive P10,000, while those with totally-damaged houses will be given P30,000 cash assistance.
To date, DSWD has provided a total of P70,215,632.05 worth of assistance to Ompong-affected families and individuals.