From the Department of Social Welfare and Development
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said on November 21 that the processing center for Eastern Visayas internally displaced persons (IDPs) arriving in Metro Manila will continue to operate at the Villamor Airbase. DSWD personnel and partner volunteers continue to process and serve them.
Following further assessment of the set up, it was established that the Villamor Airbase is the more suitable facility in delivering the services to the IDPs. DSWD-National Capital Region Director Ma. Alicia Bonoan is on top of DSWD operations in the airbase.
Those needing medical attention are being attended by standby emergency teams sent by the local government units. Immediate needs including food, access to personal sanitation facilities, transportation assistance, pyscho-emotional support, and temporary shelter are provided.
The true bayanihan spirit is at work here. DSWD is partnering with various kind-hearted citizens and citizen groups who are donating services, food, supplies as well as other provisions.
As of November 21, at 4:00 p.m., DSWD has recorded a total of 2,576 families or 10,088 individuals who have arrived in Manila via PAF C130 and rented commercial buses since November 16.
Of these, 1,549 individuals were fetched by their relatives while 1,346 families and some 1,079 individuals were provided transportation assistance through the Oplan Hatid initiatives of volunteers.
Meanwhile, some 58 families were referred to DSWD’s Jose Fabella Center, 14 families in Visayan Forum, 61 individuals in the Tent City in Pasay and six individuals in Hospicio de San Jose, 2 in RSCC. Augustinian Sisters and Sta. Ana Church also accommodated some of the evacuees.
Director Bonoan urged the volunteers to continue working with DSWD in providing immediate care and attention to the IDPs.
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