Philippine News Agency Published: 2:16 October 5, 2016 Updated: 2:21 October 5, 2016
MANILA, Philippines- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) announced Thursday that through its Field Office II in Carig Sur, Tuguegarao City, it has been able to provide assistance to Filipinos affected by the El Nino phenomenon in the Cagayan Valley Region.
DSWD Secretary Judy M. Taguiwalo said that the department was prepared for contingencies such as this and has standby funds that can be immediately utilized to ensure that affected Filipinos are given means of income and livelihood during emergencies.
The DSWD through its FO II gave assistance to 31,838 families affected by El Nino through the cash- for- work program.
Of the Php 1, 652, 890 funds downloaded to the Field Office, Php 61, 651, 398.68 were utilized.
Some Php 24, 425,080 of the funds was allocated to Cagayan; Php 21, 726, 250 to Isabela; Php 9, 299, 790 Nueva Vizcaya; and for Quirino, Php 6, 201,770.
The beneficiaries were from the municipalities of Aglipay, Cobarroquis, Saguday, Diffun, Maddela and Nagtipunan.
In the meantime, the FO2 through the Provincial/Municipal Action Teams, provided other support services to the beneficiaries in collaboration with the Provincial/Municipal government units.
The support services include provision of seedlings resilient to climate change by the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources; food packs from the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office in Quirino; and,cash for building livelihood assets through the Sustainable Livelihood Program.
“We want to assure our kababayans in Quirino that the DSWD is monitoring the drought in the region and that we are prepared to provide augmentation assistance to the LGU whenever needed. We are also ready to coordinate with other government agencies to determine what other forms and types of assistance they can also provide to families affected by the drought,” said Taguiwalo. PNA