The Department of Social Welfare and Development in Central Visayas has provided assistance to around 4,400 flood-affected families in eight (8) barangays in Mandaue City on October 23 and 24.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development in Central Visayas conducts disaster relief operations to around 4,400 flood-affected families in eight barangays in Mandaue City.

DSWD-7 has provided more than 7.4 million pesos worth of assistance, which includes family food packs and non-food items, as well as financial assistance through Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS).

Families with totally damaged houses received 5,000 pesos. Those with partially damaged houses and slightly damaged houses received 2,500 pesos and 500 pesos, respectively.

These affected families live near the bank of Butuanon River that traverses along barangays Alang-Alang, Canduman, Casuntingan, Maguikay, Paknaan, Tabok, Tingub, and Umapad.

Last October 13, Metro Cebu experienced torrential rains brought by Tropical Depression Ofel, which triggered the increase of water levels in waterways causing flooding in some parts of Cebu.

Meanwhile, DSWD-7 Regional Director Rebecca Geamala expressed her appreciation to the local government of Mandaue headed by Mayor Jonas Cortes as well as to Congresswomen Emmarie “Lolypop” Ouano-Dizon for taking heed and working together with the agency to help their citizens that were affected by the calamity.

“This shows that if we are united, the DSWD, the LGU, and the congresspeople, we will have the same direction, which is to help the people,” said Geamala.

Geamala added that the agency aims to provide prompt services to people who are in need and responds to requests from the local government units.

Geamala also asked the community officials to monitor the assistance provided to the citizens to avoid malicious intent. ###

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