Image Source:  World Bank Photo Collection
Image Source: World Bank Photo Collection

MANILA — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said that some 179,931 food packs, amounting to P52,347,950 were already given to victims of typhoon “Pablo” in Region XI, as of Dec. 14, 2012.

Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman, who was in Region XI to oversee relief operations, led the distribution of 20,000 family packs in affected areas in Compostela Valley to augment the resources of the Local Government Units (LGUs).

Those who received relief goods were residents of the  municipalities of Compostela, Monkayo, Montevista, and Laak. An additional 10,000 pieces of food packs were delivered to other municipalities in Compostela Valley such as Mawab, Mabini, New Bataan, Nabunturan, and Pantukan.

In a meeting with the DSWD Field Office XI disaster team, Soliman emphasized the need to intensify relief distribution to ensure that the food needs of the victims are addressed.

She commended the field office staff for their vigorous public service 24-hours a day and motivated them to continue vigilance in disaster operations. She also instructed the regional personnel to strengthen disaster monitoring and the information dissemination system.

In light of the massive destruction brought by “Pablo,” Secretary Soliman said that relief operations must be continuous, timely and consistent with the needs of the 176,617 families hard hit by the typhoon in Region XI alone. She added that DSWD will provide “Noche Buena” packs to the victims to share the spirit of Christmas.

Secretary Soliman reported that DSWD is also facilitating the construction of bunkhouses in seven severely affected areas – namely, Compostela, Monkayo, Montevista, and New Bataan in Compostela Valley; and Baganga, Boston, and Cateel in Davao Oriental. The bunkhouses will be finished within December