Evacuation centers down to 36 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 24 September 2013 11:13

Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman yesterday announced that the number of evacuation centers is reduced to 36.

According to Secretary Soliman, from 57 evacuation centers being managed and assisted by Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), it went down to 36 centers with 18,602 families or 101,729 individuals. “The decrease was due to the merging of some evacuation centers with small number of evacuees.  However, families are continually being provided with relief goods,” Secretary Soliman added.

The grandstand evacuation center remains to have the highest number of evacuees with 11,979 families or 71,265 families.

As of press time, DSWD already allocated a total of P71,358,548M for combined food and non-food items, financial assistance, and cash for work.

Earlier this week, DSWD intensified its monitoring to these evacuation centers in coordination with the Archdiocese of Zamboanga and the City Government to ensure better management and supervision of these centers.

While the City Government and Archdiocese are supervising some areas, provision is still being ensured by DSWD.

The ‘Home-based or community-based evacuees refers to those families who sought temporary shelters with relatives and friends that being attended by the department through the City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD) district offices.  Seven district offices serve as registration centers for community-based evacuees.

To date, 3,712 families or 10,194 individuals have registered as community-based evacuees. Per DSWD statistics, the total combined affected families in the evacuation centers and in the community-based was reduced to 22,314 or 111,983 individuals were affected by the armed-conflict since September 9.