Friday, September 20, 2013

DSWD assures enough disaster funds for Zambo evacuees

From the Website of DSWD

DSWD assures enough disaster funds for
Zambo evacuees

Posted on 17 September 2013.

Children undergo art therapy session at the Special Day Care Center at the Grandstand

Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman today said that the DSWD has enough disaster funds to sustain the immediate needs of increasing number of evacuees affected by the standoff in Zamboanga City.

Secretary Soliman said that additional P16.5 million standby funds were released to DSWD-Region IX for purchase of relief goods.

Since September 9, DSWD-Region IX has provided P25,501,555 as augmentation assistance to the city government of Zamboanga. The assistance included packed meals, family food packs, hygiene kits, plastic mats, blankets and kitchen utensils.

As of 12 noon today, total number of affected families is 16,533 families or 82,106 individuals.

Still, as of 12 noon today, 13,679 families or 70,884 individuals are still staying in 30 evacuation centers in Zamboanga City. The Joaquin Enriquez Jr. Memorial Sports Complex or Grandstand in the village of San Jose, Cawa-Cawa, has the biggest number of evacuees with 9,065 families or 50,343 individuals.

Secretary Soliman added that afternoon play and art therapy sessions were conducted to 470 kids at the Special Day Care Center at the Sports Complex. Supplementary snacks such as biscuits and tetra pack juices were given to the children while at the center.

Likewise, 601 child-evacuees in the different evacuation centers continue to benefit from the Supervised Neighborhood Play.

Moreover, the DSWD conducted stress debriefing session to 166 individuals to lessen their trauma brought about by the armed conflict.

Secretary Soliman further stated that the DSWD is continuously receiving donations from private groups and individuals. Shelterbox International donated 390 pieces of tents, while Tzu-Chi Foundation donated P1 million worth of assorted food items and water gallons. ### - See more at:





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