DSWD 9 sends relief goods to ZaNorte flashflood victims PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 18 February 2012 14:02

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 9 has been sending relief goods to Zamboanga del Norte (ZaNorte) since Friday, February 10 for the families affected by the flashflood brought about by the heavy downpour last February 9.

In a report sent by the Social Welfare and Development Team in Dipolog City, 3,200 families from barangays in Dapitan City sought temporary refuge in schools, chapels and churches while others stayed with relatives.

DSWD Regional Director Teodulo Romo who has been closely monitoring the situation since the start of the incident, gave orders during the weekend, for the sending of additional 1,300 relief goods to augment the initial batch of 3,000 family food packs after more families were reportedly affected to include some 52 households in Sibutad Municipality who also evacuated to safer areas.

The Region’s Quick Response Team and other staff trained on disaster management were also advised to be on alert for any calamity that might occur in the next few days. Meanwhile, the director also tasked the SWAD team in Zanorte to stock up on family packs. “Ensure readiness of goods in case the situation calls for it,” he said

Affected barangays in Dapitan City includes Opao, Basak-Barcelona, Oyan, Burgos, Ilaya , Owaon, Sinonoc, Tamion, Diwaan and Sulangon. Aside from DSWD and LGU-Dapitan, Oasis Foundation also extended relief goods.

A total amount of P1,075,000 has been expended for the goods to include the 780 food packs prepositioned at SWADT-Norte