THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 6 has started releasing 17,000 family food packs for Boracay closure-affected families.
“This is the first time that we are releasing goods in boxes here in the region. Most of the rice is in vacuum sealed packs,” said DSWD Regional Director Rebecca P. Geamala.
The households, based on registered Disaster Assistance Family Access Cards issued, totalled 10,880, of which 5,881 are in Brgy. Manocmanoc, 3,480 in Balabag; and 1,519 in Yapak.
“Nobody will be left behind. This is why we are bringing in packs more than the number of households. We will serve even temporary residents who have been in the island for at least six months,” Geamala said.
Each box contains rice, assorted canned goods, and coffee with a total value of P417.
The DSWD also continues to respond to persons affected by the closure.
A total of 17,018 clients got help through the Aid to Individuals in Crisis Situation in transportation, medical, educational and burial assistance amounting to P41.2 million.
On Sustainable Livelihood Program, P106.7 million was released in the form of livelihood assistance grants to 7,119 persons at P15,000 each.
On the Cash for Work implementation, 5,126 individuals availed of the P29.6-million aid. (DSWD-6)