The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has released over P1.4 billion worth of assistance to families and individuals affected by Typhoon Odette.
DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista said the agency is focusing on ensuring that food is available for “Odette” victims until they are classified as fully recovered from the typhoon that hit the country last December 16.
“It is the government’s top responsibility to provide quality and immediate relief assistance to guarantee food stability during trying times and catastrophes. We are giving away what we have to make sure that no one goes hungry,” he said in a message to reporters on Wednesday.
The DSWD is one of the member agencies of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Zero Hunger which leads the fifth key result area to “ensure sustainable food systems, resiliency and food stability for emergencies.”
In its ongoing assessment, around 116,000 people remain displaced in evacuation centers or staying with host families – relatives or friends – eight weeks since Typhoon Odette ravaged central and southern regions.
A total of 3.024 million or 10.994 million persons were affected by “Odette” in 10,131 barangays in the Bicol Region, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, Davao Region, Central Mindanao, Mimaropa, and Caraga.