Social Welfare and Development OIC-Secretary Alicia R. Bala said today that P1 million has been earmarked for Region II for the purchase of emergency relief supplies, in addition to the prepositioned relief supplies to augment the needs of the families affected by the flashfloods.

OIC-Secretary Bala said that “2,000 family food packs, 250 boxes of noodles, and 10   tents were sent this morning to Tuguegarao City from the DSWD-National Resource Operations Center (NROC) as additional standby relief resources of DSWD-Field Office II. The NROC is the DSWD central warehouse for processing and storage of relief goods that are purchased by the Department or donated to us by generous individuals both here and abroad.
Earlier, DSWD - Field Office II provided P290,000.00 worth of relief assistance to the affected families in the  Province of Cagayan consisting of 1,000 food packs and 300 packs of clothing, while 500 food packs and 200 packs clothing were provided to the City of Tuguegarao, Cagayan.

As of 6 a.m. today, November 6, the number of affected families increased from 5,990 families with 28,470 persons to 91,398 families with 339,293 persons.

Meanwhile, there are now 64 evacuation centers providing temporary shelter to 2,425 families or 11,353 individuals while 87,080 family-victims composed of 318,080 persons sought refuge in either their friends and relatives’ houses in safer areas.  The rest opted to stay at their respective residences.

In Cagayan, the evacuation centers are located in Baggao, Camalaniugan, Alcala, Lasam, Abulug, Penablanca, Tuao, Tuguegarao City, Amulung, Ballesteros and Enrile.  In Isabela, evacuation centers were set-up in the municipalities of Ilagan, Sto. Tomas, Tumaini, Sta. Maria, San Mariano, San Isidro and Delfin Albano.

Forty-three houses were damaged with 13 totally destroyed and 30 partially destroyed.  The municipality of Tuao, Cagayan reported additional 10 totally destroyed houses.

OIC-Secretary Bala said that the Quick Response Team (QRT) and Social Welfare and Development (SWAD) teams continue to assist the affected local government units in the disaster operations.

Moreover, the DSWD’s Disaster Response Operations Monitoring and Information Center (DROMIC) is closely working with DSWD Field Offices II and III for urgent concerns that need to be addressed. # (DSWD-Social Marketing Service) November 6, 2010