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DSWD completes distribution of bigger relief in 17 quake-hit towns in Bohol

Seventeen (17) worst quake-hit towns in Bohol have already received the two-week worth relief supplies from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), World Food Programme (WFP) and Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID).

These towns are Antequera, Balilihan, Buenavista, Calape, Carmen, Catigbian, Clarin, Corella, Cortes, Danao, Inabanga, Loon, Maribojoc, Sagbayan, San Isidro, Sevilla, and Tubigon.

A total of 59,703 family food packs were distributed to the affected families and individuals in these towns. Each food pack contains 20 kilograms of rice, 10 cans of sardines, 10 cans of beef loaf, 10 packs of noodles, 10 packs of coffee, and 10 packs of chocolate drink.

“We have set clear criteria in identifying the 17 priority municipalities that were given the family food packs,” said DSWD-7 Regional Director Mercedita Jabagat.

The 17 towns were ranked based on poverty incidence level, number of damaged houses and number of displaced families.

The second round of distribution is scheduled on November 16-18.

DSWD also distributed family food packs to the town of Loay and Tubigon after Super Typhoon Yolanda battered the Visayas region.

Meanwhile, as Cebu becomes the center of logistics for relief operation, DSWD-7 continues packing family food packs to be delivered in the northern part of Cebu and in Eastern Visayas.

Private citizen and concerned individuals flocked to the regional office to help in packing and handling both food and non-food items. (PR – Kerwin Macopia)

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DSWD constructs makeshift hospitals, shelters in quake-hit Bohol

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), in coordination with Habitat for Humanity, recently completed the construction of three makeshift hospital tents in Carmen, Loon, and Sagbayan, all in Bohol Province, to immediately address the medical needs of the families affected by the earthquake that hit the province.

The hospital tents are manned by doctors from the district hospitals and municipal health officers. In addition, hospital tents are also being constructed in the towns of Tubigon, Sagbayan, Clarin, Calape, Buenavista, Inabanga, and Loon.

“Based on the extent of the damage, we are partnering with Habitat for Humanity to provide shelter kits for families with partially destroyed houses, and construct shelters for families with totally damaged houses,” DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman stated.

“The shelter kits are comprised of galvanized iron sheets for roofing, mesh wire, steel bars, and other materials for the repair of partially destroyed houses,” Secretary Soliman added.

According to Vince Delector, Jr., Manager of the Water, Sanitation and Sustainable Operations Team of Habitat for Humanity, some 10,000 shelter kits will be provided while 2,000 core shelters will be built within the next two years.

Delector announced that Habitat for Humanity  will start the construction of permanent shelters in Barangay Mantacida in Catigbian, one of the hardest hit areas in Bohol. “In building the houses, we will use bamboo and cement, encasing the shelters in a lightweight steel frame with a cement foundation,” Delector explained.

Habitat for Humanity has been a long time partner of DSWD in building shelters for victims of disasters, such as Typhoon Sendong which hit Cagayan De Oro in 2011 and Typhoon Pablo which devastated Davao region and Compostela Valley in 2012.

As of October 29, DSWD recorded a total of 17,793 families staying in 371 evacuation centers in Bohol. Based on DSWD’s latest validation report, the number of totally damaged houses in the province rose to 12,672. Evacuation centers in Cebu have already closed but 1,364 families or 6,806 individuals who are home-based or staying in their relatives’ or friends’ houses continue to receive food assistance from DSWD and local government units.  ###

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DSWD, int’l agencies to distribute relief in Bohol on weekend

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has partnered with Australian Aid (AusAID) and World Food Programme (WFP)  in providing relief goods to the affected towns of the recent 7.2-magnitude earthquake in Bohol.

“This partnership  with AusAID and WFP will help us provide more relief goods to the affected families until such time that they can address their own food needs,” DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said.

The relief packs to be distributed will contain 20 kilos of rice, 20 assorted canned goods, 10 sachets of chocolate drink, and 10 sachets of coffee. “Each relief pack is good for 15 days for a family of five members. These will be  distributed to the most vulnerable families in worst-hit areas,” Secretary Soliman explained.

A total of 59,703 food packs will be distributed over the weekend  in the 17 worst-affected towns. Australian Ambassador Bill Twedell, AusAID Minister-Counsellor Layton Pike, and WFP Country Director Praveen Agrawal will arrive in Bohol on November 2 to lead the relief distribution activity in Sagbayan with Secretary Soliman and Bohol Governor Edgardo Chatto.

Representatives from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)  will also join the activity on Saturday to distribute tents and blue sheets.  Earlier, JICA and the DSWD signed the Deed of Donation for the tents and other items for the construction of temporary shelters.

The group will also visit the DSWD Warehouse in Tubigon and the Tubigon West Central School,  one of the biggest evacuation centers in Bohol sheltering 162 families or 575 individuals as of October 31. ###

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Cash For Work for Loon Folks

Loon in its vast devastation is now rebuilding itself, starting with their own backyard. Most of them have lost their houses but not the lots by which the structure stood, therefore makeshift tents as temporary shelters are called for. They may have lost the comforts of home but not the comfort and security of their own backyard. They are called home-based displaced families.

 The Boholanos are gentle people with a lot of pride and dignity rooted within, mendicancy is not in their vocabulary. An opportunity to earn a living amidst the rubble is a balm to their depression and hopelessness.

 The Cash for Work program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) gave the Boholanos especially in badly hits towns such as the Municipality of Loon a step towards rebuilding starting with their own backyard.

 473 tents with a size of 8×3 meters were distributed by the DSWD to home-based displaced families and in building each tent, the head of the family receives P200/day daily wage. Doing so enabled the heads of these household to build temporary shelter for their family and at the same time earn a living for their daily meals.

 More than P94T was disbursed to five barangays namely Son-ong, Cabadug, Bas Daku, Cuasi and Tang-nan with 37, 62, 95, 145 and 127 recipients’ respectively.

 “pag linog, wala gyuy haligi nahabilin. Luoy kayo akong pamati sa akong kaugalingon kay manghanyo ko ug silingan nga makisilong sa ilang tulda ug maghuwat ko ug hinabang para makaka-on” (no post was left standing when my house fell during the quake. For a while I felt so helpless because I had to ask neighbors to take cover in their tents and have to wait for dole outs to eat) said Anastasio Soler, 60 years old of Barangay Bas Daku.

 However, the simple act of installing the tent with the assistance of DSWD’s Kalahi Cidss engineers, things were a little brighter for Anastasio, “sa akong katiguwangon nakat-on ko unsaon pagtaud sa akong kaugalingong tulda, ug nakatabang pa gyud ko sa akong mga silingan. Ang 200 pesos nga suhol nakapa-amgo nako nga puede di pa ulahi ang tanan, puede pa ko mutrabaho ug angay nang mangsikay-sikay para maka hinay-hinay ko ug bangon” (in my old age, I learned to put up my own tent and helped my neighbors as well. The P200 daily wage was a wake-up call for me that I can still work and that it is time to start working again, so I can slowly rebuild) he said.

 For Anastacio and the rest of the town folks, all is not lost to these affected and displaced families. The Cash for Work program is a welcome support not just financially but psycho socially, for it bears the message of work, hope and rebuilding. For a town badly damage by the 7.2 earthquake that hit last October 15, 2013, like Loon, every bit of these is needed to start all over again.

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DSWD Assess Bohol

DSWD personnel assess damage houses, displaced families in evacuation centers, communities and homes to determine appropriate intervention using Disaster Assistance Family Access Card (DFAC).

Weekly rotation of close to a three hundred staff from the Department of Social Welfare and Development are being deployed in various affected areas of Bohol to conduct thorough assessment of displaced families determining their extent of damage and the appropriate intervention to be given.

A tool called Disaster Assistance Family Access Card (DFAC) is used by fielded personnel of the DSWD. The tool identifies the members of each household, their status of ownership of their destroyed houses either rented or owned, health conditions of each member, be it senior citizens, PWDs, lactating or with recurring illnesses. The DFAC also determines the extent of the totally and partially damage and the capacity by which the family can rebuild.

Most importantly all the assistance given and received by the family can be established in each card, including the kind, type, cost and provider of said assistance whether from the government, non-government organizations and private donors duly acknowledge by every household.

This strategy would greatly help in fast tracking targeted rehabilitation taking into consideration the varied needs of each affected families. It also promotes transparency with the donors and the receivers of the all assistance since it determines how many times they have received help and how much. Therefore, no household left unattended.

Bohol’s churches, property and commerce may have partly been reduced to ruins by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake last October 15, 2013 but it did not tear apart the Boholoanon’s spirit to rise, thrive and rebuild again.

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DSWD bares new relief plan for quake-hit towns

To ensure orderly and equal distribution of relief goods in quake-hit areas in Bohol, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) came up with a new relief distribution plan for the 17 affected towns.

DSWD partnered with the provincial government of Bohol, Australian Aid (AusAid),  and the World Food Programme (WFP) for the new distribution scheme.

“We have set clear criteria in identifying the priority municipalities that will be receiving food packs,” said DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman.

The 17 towns were ranked based on poverty incidence level, number of damaged houses and number of displaced families.

From November 1 to 3, DSWD personnel will distribute 59,703 family food packs to the affected areas.

The family food packs to be distributed during the long weekend contain 20 kilograms of rice, 10 cans of sardines, 10 cans of beef loaf, 10 packs of noodles, 10 packs of coffee, and 10 packs of chocolate drink. Each pack is good for two weeks.

Based on the plan, three more rounds of relief distribution will take place on November 16-18, December 1-3, and December 16-17. For these rounds, food packs to be distributed will contain 20 kilograms of rice, six cans of sardines, five cans of beef loaf, five cans of corned beef, five cans of pork and beans, five cans of sausage, and 10 packs of coffee.

The Secretary vowed that relief distribution will continue until such time that the affected families are ready and able to meet their own basic needs.

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DSWD activates Text Hotlines for Bohol earthquake victims

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) announced that the DSWD Earthquake Text Hotlines are now activated and ready to receive updates, reports on assistance needed and other feedback on the ongoing relief operation for victims of the 7.2 earthquake that hit Bohol and Cebu.

One may type IREPORT<space>name/location/message and send to 2327 or 09178902327 for Globe and Touch Mobile users. For Smart, Sun and Talk N’ Text subscribers type IREPORT<space>name/location/message and send to 09189122813.

These earthquake hotlines are open 24/7 and texters can expect response within 48-hours from the receipt of text message.The DSWD EarthquakePH Text Hotlines also connect the DSWD-7 Operation Center in Tagbilaran with the social workers and municipal links the DSWD recently deployed in 26 municipalities in Bohol.

Likewise, Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said that the mobile number 09209463766 can receive similar concerns on the ongoing relief operations in Central Visayas.

She requested that senders need to include their name, exact location (sitio or barrio, barangay, municipality) and concerns.“I encourage the public, especially those affected by the earthquake to include all details when using this mobile number,” Secretary Soliman said.

All these hotline numbers can only accommodate text messages not voice calls. Secretary Soliman also warned the public not to send any prank text messages which may hamper the speedy delivery of assistance to the victims. (PR-Social Marketing Unit)

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DSWD Partners with LGUs to Fast Track Relief Distribution in Quake-Hit Areas

To fast track relief distribution in quake-hit areas in Bohol, Department Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Dinky Soliman said that there should be stronger coordination with concerned local government units.

The Secretary emphasized that local officials know the circumstances and immediate needs of their constituents, thus, they should be consulted.

She, however, explained that the relief goods need not be surrendered to the local officials.

“In times of crisis, we should help one another and not engage in politics,” Secretary Soliman added.

As of October 24, the DSWD reported that since the earthquake occurred, a total of 198,113 family packs have been distributed to 39 towns including Tagbilaran City by the combined team of DSWD, Provincial Government of Bohol, and non-government organizations.

Aside from food items, the DSWD also provided 153 rolls of laminated plastic tents to be used as temporary shelter of families from the towns of Loon, Maribojoc, Catigbian, San Isidro, Cortes, Tubigon, San Miguel, Antequerra, Dagohoy, Carmen, Batuan, Sikatuna, Sierra Bullones, Dimiao, Pilar, Bilar, Sagbayan, Corella, and Trinidad.

From the initial 109 evacuation centers, only 81 are now open. The number of community-based evacuation sites still remains at 22.

“We are now on the second cycle of relief distribution. We have also partnered with local and international humanitarian groups to begin planning for the early recovery and rehabilitation efforts,” Secretary Soliman added.

Meanwhile, DSWD deployed social workers in the most affected towns and have started distributing Disaster Assistance Family Access Card (DAFAC) to the families.

The DAFAC aims to validate status of the affected families and will serve as reference for provision of additional and appropriate interventions required per family.

To ensure transparency, barangay personnel and other community volunteers are involved in the validation of the official list of affected families.

(PR – Kerwin Macopia and Simeon Remata III)

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