DSWD Commits to a Greener Future

As part of DSWD’s celebration of its 69th Anniversary, the department commits to a greener, sustainable future by planting 6,900 trees nationwide. Here in Region VIII, the Field Office planted 400 seedlings.

Armed with bolos and trashbags, almost 200 DSWD staff from various programs arrived during the early hours of January 25 at Brgy. Sta. Cruz, Tanauan, Leyte. After a brief orientation from the foresters of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and from the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO), DSWD and several volunteers from the same barangay, including several 4Ps beneficiaries, set out to plant the seedlings – 150 mangroves for the wetland area and 250 talisay seeds for the beach forest area. Immediately after planting these seeds, the group conducted a cleanup drive by picking up trash in the area.

According to DENR-CENRO forester Razel Repalda, “Nature is our refuge. It protects us from disasters, gives us food and shelter.” Emphasizing on the benefits of planting trees, he pointed out that during disasters, trees act as a natural barrier, protecting against storm surges and tsunamis in coastal areas and against landslides in mountainous areas.

According to Assistant Regional Director for Administration Marlene Kahano, “It was indeed tiring, but enjoyable and self-fulfilling. We have done this, not only because it is our 69th founding anniversary, but most importantly because it is our way of doing our share in the preservation and protection of our environment and natural resources. We are well aware of what is happening in our environment and we need to act and do something to mitigate the adverse effects and negative impacts of climate change. We hope that 5-10 years from now, these trees we planted today will be taller than us, and will protect us from storms and calamities.”

DSWD would also like to thank its partners in the activity- including the Philippine Army, the Philippine Airforce, DENR, CENRO, the Local Government Unit of Tanauan under the leadership of Mayor Pelagio Tecson, and Tingog Sinirangan Party List.

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DSWD Provides Financial Assistance for Jipapad

Last November 2018, typhoon Samuel wreaked havoc in Eastern Samar, causing flashfloods and landslides; especially in the municipality of Jipapad. A few days after the typhoon made landfall, DSWD promptly responded to Jipapad’s request for relief augmentation (for more information on the Jipapad relief operations, read https://fo8.dswd.gov.ph/…/dswd-distributes-relief-at-jipap…/ and https://fo8.dswd.gov.ph/…/dswd-conducts-second-wave-of-rel…/).

Now, DSWD returns to Jipapad to provide further assistance to the families with damaged houses.

Recently, DSWD staff under the Disaster Response Management Division (DRMD), with the help of the 4Ps Municipal Link, distributed the Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA) to the affected families in Jipapad. DSWD was able to distribute checks worth P10,000 each for families with partially damaged houses and P30,000 each for families with totally damaged houses.

Based on the reports submitted by the Local Government Unit, DSWD had a target of 1,090 families – 978 families with partially damaged houses and 112 with totally damaged houses. During the distribution, DSWD was able to distribute the ESA to 1,046 families, while 44 remain unclaimed.

Over-all, DSWD was able to distribute P12,700,000.00 in financial assistance – P3,360,000.00 for the totally damaged and P9,340,000 for the partially damaged.

ESA is implemented after DSWD receives a Rehabilitation Plan from the affected LGU. After approval from the Regional Office, this Plan is then endorsed to the Central Office for funding.

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DSWD Continues Relief Operations in Leyte

The Department of social Welfare and Development continues to provide relief goods to the families affected by typhoon Ursula in Leyte.

Recently, DSWD conducted relief distributions in Pastrana and Capoocan. During these relief operations, DSWD staff were able to distribute 894 Family Food Packs (FFPs) and 114 sleeping kits to 29 barangays in Pastrana, and 555 FFPs and 26 sleeping kits in 2 coastal barangays in Capoocan.

Since the start of its relief operations last December 25, 2019, DSWD has already distributed 42,883 FFPs and non-food relief items across the Region. DSWD has successfully distributed relief items worth P19,138,821.84 – P2,810,360.00 in Western Samar, P4,617,020.00 in Eastern Samar, P9,654,040.60 in Leyte and 2,057,401.24 in Biliran.

Following the Local Government Code, DSWD will only conduct relief operations when the Local Government Units (LGUs) request for augmentation. As first responders, the LGUs collectively have already distributed aid worth P20,721,444.26.

DSWD relief operations are still ongoing.

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DSWD Continues Operations in Biliran

Look: In its ongoing relief operations for the families affected by typhoon Ursula, DSWD recently distributed relief items in Naval, Biliran. Working through the weekend, DSWD staff were able to distribute 669 Family Food Packs (FFPs) and 669 blankets to 26 barangays in Naval. Over-all, DSWD has released 1,969 FFPs to the entire province.

As of today, DSWD has already released relief items worth P18,960,564.72 across the Region, while the first responders, the Local Government Units have collectively distributed P8,998,293.06 in aid. Currently, DSWD operations are still ongoing and will continue as LGUs request for augmentation.

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Ursula Relief Continues

As the New Year rolls in, DSWD continues its relief operations for the families affected by typhoon Ursula. Focusing its efforts on the severely affected families, DSWD staff under the Disaster Response Management Division, together with the help of the 4Ps workforce, continue to distribute Family Food Packs (FFPs) in affected municipalities here in Leyte and Eastern Samar.

Just this week, DSWD staff have successfully distributed 5,249 FFPs in Eastern Samar – 1,500 FFPs in Quinapondan and 1,500 in Balangiga, 749 in Giporlos, 1,500 in Lawaan.

Simultaneously, DSWD has also distributed 3,833 FFPs in Leyte – 702 in San Miguel, 876 in Capoocan, 1,875 in San Isidro, and 380 in Alang-alang. Relief operations are still ongoing as of today.

As of January 8, DSWD has already distributed a total of 39,839 FFPs across Region VIII – 7,000 in Samar, 11,500 in Eastern Samar, 19,370 in Leyte and 1,969 in Biliran. DSWD has distributed relief items worth P16,916,901.72.

These relief items augment the relief operations being conducted by the Local Government Units. As per the Local Government Code, the first responders to disasters are the LGUs. DSWD will only conduct operations when the LGUs request for augmentation. Collectively, the LGUs have already distributed relief worth P8,998,293.06.

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Look: DSWD distributing relief goods in Basey, Samar.

Working despite the holidays, DSWD staff successfully distributed 1,198 family food packs –
332 in Brgy.Tinaogan, 148 in Baybay, 96 in Mercado, 604 in Palaypay, and 18 in Balante.

DSWD conducted this relief operation after receiving a request for augmentation from the first responders, the Local Government Unit.

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DSWD Serves Dagami

On the first day of relief distribution in Dagami, Leyte, DSWD staff from the Disaster Response Management Division and the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, were able to serve 829 family food packs.

Despite the challenge of transporting goods into interior areas, DSWD was able to distribute 75 FFPs in Brgy. Salvacion, 149 in Hinabuyan, 256 in Buntay, 89 in Sto. Domingo, 124 in Tagkip, and 136 in Tin-ao.

DSWD conducted this relief operation after receiving a request for augmentation from the first responders, the Local Government Unit.

photo credits Juel Ramos

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Now Loading

DSWD now loading relief items bound for Basey, Samar and Salcedo, Eastern Samar.

DSWD loading 500 family food packs for Salcedo and 800 for Basey. Families with totally damaged houses will be prioritized.

These relief items will augment the relief efforts already being conducted by the LGUs.

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