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The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has sent 500 rolls of a tarp to victims of the ‘Odette’ disaster.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has supplied 500 rolls of sakoline or laminated sacks to Butuan and Surigao, which will be used to build more temporary shelters for Typhoon Odette victims.

This comes after President Rodrigo Roa Duterte ordered the distribution of tarpaulin sheets to communities affected by Typhoon Odette.

The agency’s Field Office in Calabarzon will provide 500 family tents to Mimaropa, while its Field Office in Bicol will deliver 500 laminated sack rolls to the affected districts. The National Resource Operations Center (NROC) had previously provided to Siargao 272 family tents.

Acting Presidential Spokesperson, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, said Duterte’s directive to obtain tarpaulin sheets and lumber from uprooted coconut trees would be the “fastest” way to make temporary shelters while waiting for construction materials to arrive in areas ravaged by “Odette” in a press briefing on Wednesday.

“Of course, yung (the) building stuff will arrive.” But, in the meantime, tarps are the most pressing need on the ground. Ito po ay mula sa mga requests din ng ating local government units kasi ang basis po nila ay sa mga requests din ng kanilang people,” Nograles explained.

Nograles, on the other hand, stated that the construction supplies needed to build stronger shelters “will come later.”

Aside from shelter materials, the DSWD continues to provide food to those in need in the affected areas. Inabanga, Bohol, received 500 family food packs (FFPs) from the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the Office of Civil Defense, and the Regional Maritime Unit in Central Visayas.

DSWD also provided 2,200 FFPs to Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental, in Western Visayas. FO 4 personnel also assisted the local government unit with technical assistance in order to speed up the distribution of relief to the impacted residents (LGU).

The regional office in Palawan gave 2,000 FFPs to the municipality of Taytay. The Philippine Coast Guard assisted the FFPs in arriving at the Port of Puerto Princesa City.

The DSWD in Caraga has also begun distributing financial aid to families affected by ‘Odette’ in Dapa, Surigao del Norte, and Basilisa, Province of Dinagat Islands, under the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) program.

More families from other affected municipalities are likely to receive aid as soon as the results of the fast assessment done by the DSWD and concerned LGUs are validated, according to the regional office.

More than PHP180 million in humanitarian aid had already been distributed to affected families as of December 29.

The DSWD provided more than PHP137 million in augmentation support, concerned LGUs supplied more than PHP42 million in help to their constituents, while non-government organizations and other partners provided more than PHP1 million in assistance.

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