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DSWD provides secure areas in evacuation sites for expectant women and children.

The establishment of safe spaces in the evacuation sites for vulnerable people impacted by the magnitude 7.0 earthquake that struck northern Luzon Wednesday has been made possible by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

“The management of our (evacuation) camp includes setting apart areas for pregnant women, women who are nursing, and kids. In order to prevent any sort of abuse or harassment while they are staying in our campsites temporarily, we have hired people to act as security forces “At the Laging Handa press conference on Thursday, DSWD Assistant Secretary Romel Lopez remarked.

He claimed that in order to ensure the welfare of the evacuees, the evacuation sites are furnished with amenities like washrooms and reasonable comfort rooms.

On Wednesday, Lopez accompanied DSWD Secretary Erwin Tulfo during his inspection in the province of Abra, which is home to the earthquake’s epicenter.

Their first assessment indicated that as of the most recent update, 130 persons had been hurt in addition to at least five fatalities.

Around 11,000 people in the Ilocos Region were thought to be impacted by the disaster, and 800 families are seeking refuge in evacuation centers.

About 36,000 people in the Cordillera Administrative Region were impacted by the earthquake. About 3,400 of those in this number are living in evacuation camps.

Over 2,000 family food packs are currently available for distribution, according to the DSWD, and PHP 6 million is available for cash assistance to be given to the local government of Abra.

It claimed that another 5,000 family food kits should arrive in the province at any time.

In addition to the family food packets and other relief supplies, Tulfo told the victims that they would also get PHP5,000 to PHP10,000 in financial support from the DSWD.

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