The Department of Social Welfare and Development-Cordillera Administrative Region continues to provide relief assistance to families and individuals affected by TY Ompong. DSWD-CAR workers and employees based in Baguio City and in the different provinces are still actively on-duty to monitor and ensure that needy constituents are given necessary assistance or intervention.

As of 20 September, 19,379 family food packs, 2,886 sleeping kits, 914 family kits and 291 hygiene kits are ready for distribution to municipalities who are in need of augmentation support from the department.  The DSWD-CAR also maintains stand-by fund of PhP 6,853,185.95 that can be used for its disaster operations for TY Ompong.

In the region, a total of 44,031 families or 177,730 individuals were reported to be affected by the typhoon; 625 houses were reported to be totally damaged while 14,039 houses were partially damaged. Report also shows that from these affected families and individuals, 14,559 family food packs, 900 sleeping kits and 880 hygiene kits were distributed to them.

Still in partnership with the different agencies and organizations, hauling and distribution of relief goods continues in the different provinces and municipalities.

DSWD-CAR Regional Director Janet Armas says that the number shown in the report may not reflect the actual number of affected families and individuals. Thus, she enjoins everyone to report the names and location of those who are need of assistance so that the department can help coordinate with concerned local government units.

Dir. Armas also added that those who are interested to help the affected families and individuals are welcome to give in-kind and cash donations through her office.

Some of the accepted items are food (non-perishable, canned goods or read-to-eat food), new clothes, mats, blankets, tents and new kitchen utensils. For those who are willing to give cash donations should visit DSWD-CAR Office located at #40 North Drive Baguio City to personally deposit their donations. #DSWD-CAR, SOCIAL MARKETING UNIT, Jasmin Kiaso and Nerizza Faye G. Villanueva

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