Baguio City- With the current onslaught of Typhoon Vinta in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), Department of Social Welfare and Development- Field Office CAR Regional Director Leonardo C. Reynoso ensured that the Department is prepared to provide relief goods to individuals affected by the said disaster.
Director Reynoso said that there are 4,680 family packs already prepositioned in the various provinces in the region. Of these, 850 family packs are in Abra, 1,450 in Apayao, 400 in Ifugao, 1,030 in Kalinga and 950 are in Mt. Province. 3,561 family packs are on stand-by at the Regional Office and are ready for augmentation to the provinces, including Benguet. A total of Php 463,408.86 Quick Response Fund is also maintained by the DSWD-CAR for emergency situations.
Director Reynoso further added that the Social Welfare and Development (SWAD) teams of the DSWD-CAR in all provinces are continuously monitoring and assessing the impact of Typhoon Vinta in their respective provinces. A Quick Action Response Team (QUART) located at the DSWD-CAR Field Office is also on duty to further monitor and assess the impact of the typhoon in the region.
Based on the reports from the SWAD teams in the provinces, there are around 450 individuals who have been affected by Typhoon Vinta due to landslides. Two (2) casualties from Abra Province have been identified. These are Loridel Baldos of San Juan who has been reported missing and Manny Tabas of Lagayan who was dead on arrival at the Abra Provincial Hospital due to drowning. Further investigation and reporting on the said incidences are still on-going.
Meanwhile, Director Reynoso assures the preparedness of the DSWD-CAR in the augmentation of assistance to the localities in the region. “We, at the Field Office, remain ready to provide assistance even after the onslaught of Typhoon Vinta.”, Director Reynoso added.# DSWD-CAR Social Marketing Unit