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AFP mobile kitchen serves 2K stranded passengers due to Nina

The DSWD Field Office IV-A staff assists in the distribution of hot meals to stranded passengers in Batangas Port last December 27. [Photo Credit: FMCanayao]

About 2,500 passengers who were stranded in Batangas Port because of Typhoon Nina were provided hot meals through the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) mobile kitchen set up in the said port last December 27, 2016.

The said mobile kitchen was made in coordination with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the provincial government of Batangas, the Philippine Ports Authority and the Asian Terminal Incorporated.

According to the DSWD, the need for the setting up of the mobile kitchen was due to the significant number of stranded passengers who were bound to regions MiMaRoPa, VI and VII since December 24.

The DSWD Field Office IV-A, through its Quick Respond Fund, funded a total of PhP26,573.00 as augmentation support to this mobile kitchen. The said amount covered the purchase of hot meals including rice, corned beef, chicken arozcaldo and beef noodles served from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

The AFP, on the other hand, managed the mobile kitchen and provided gallons of water to cover the needs of the passengers.

The AFP mobile kitchen is donated to the Philippines by the Korean Government after its use during the Yolanda operations in 2014.#

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Tampering with DSWD relief packs constitutes a criminal offense – DSWD

Because of the massive number of reports coming in regarding alleged anomalies and irregularities in the way its relief packs are being distributed as part of efforts to help Filipinos affected by Typhoon Lawin, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) today emphasized the law stating that tampering with relief packs is a criminal act.

Under RA 10121 or the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Act of 2010, Section 19, certain acts are prohibited and those who commit them will be held liable and be subjected to the penalties as prescribed in Section 20 of the same law.

Prohibited Acts

Among the prohibited acts are as follows

(g) Diverting or misdelivery of relief goods, equipment or other aid commodities to persons other than the rightful recipient or consignee;

(h) Accepting, possessing, using or disposing relief goods, equipment or other aid commodities not intended for nor consigned to him/her;

(i) Misrepresenting the source of relief goods, equipment or other aid commodities by:

(1) Either covering, replacing or defacing the labels of the containers to make it appear that the goods, equipment or other aid commodities came from another agency or persons;

(2) Repacking the goods, equipment or other aid commodities into containers with different markings to make it appear that the goods came from another agency or persons or was released upon the instance of a particular agency or persons;

(3) Making false verbal claim that the goods, equipment or other and commodity its untampered original containers actually came from another agency or persons or was released upon the instance of a particular agency or persons;

(j) Substituting or replacing relief goods, equipment or other aid commodities with the same items or inferior/cheaper quality.

DSWD Sec. Judy M. Taguiwalo said that the department and its field offices in Regions I, III, III and CAR continue to receive complaints from members of the public wherein they state how citizens are either not receiving relief packs or receiving packs that are said to be from the DSWD, but do not contain the goods that have been announced to be in them.

“We continue to receive complaints and to verify, validate many reports that DSWD relief boxes are not being distributed to the intended beneficiaries – Filipinos affected by Typhoon Lawin. Reports are coming in by the hundreds through our Facebook and email accounts that some LGUs and barangay units are not distributing DSWD relief packs or opening them up to eventually take the contents out and replace them with goods of lesser quality,” she said.

“We deplore these acts and we are grieved and outraged on behalf of Filipinos affected by Typhoon Lawin and are relying on the assistance of the DSWD and other government agencies to tide them over this very difficult period. The assistance that we’re providing the survivors of Typhoon Lawin are already so minimal, but there are unscrupulous parties who have no qualms about still reducing them if not completely withholding them from the rightful beneficiaries.”

Good LGUs

Sec. Taguiwalo clarified, however, that there are also many LGUs and barangay units that have been very active in distributing the DSWD relief packs and are completely cooperative with the department when it comes to reaching out to citizens calling for assistance.

“We are very glad to work with these LGUs and their officials because they are actively working to help their constituents and giving them the relief boxes they have been provided by the DSWD. We are also receiving reports on their quick response and compassionate actions,” she said.

Sec. Taguiwalo also said many LGUs and private institutions and individuals are also distributing their own relief packs.

“This should be welcomed by our kababayans. We have to clarify that it’s not only the DSWD that’s distributing goods, so if the packs they receive do not look like the DSWD boxes, our kababayans should not immediately react negatively and instead accept them in the spirit they were given. If they feel suspicious about the origins of the pack, only  then should they ask questions or ask for clarifications from the barangay, the LGU, or the DSWD,” she said.

 

Penalties

Section 20 of RA 10121 lays down the penalties for tampering with relief packs.

“Any individual, corporation, partnership, association, or other juridical entity that commits any of the prohibited acts provided for in Section 19 of this Act shall be prosecuted and upon conviction shall suffer a fine of not less than Fifty thousand pesos (Php50,000.00) or any amount not to exceed Five hundred thousand pesos (php500,000.00) or imprisonment of not less than six (6) years and one (1) day or more than twelve (12) years, or both, at the discretion of the court, including perpetual disqualification from public office if the offender is a public officer, and confiscation or forfeiture in favor of the government of the objects and the instrumentalities used in committing any of herein prohibited acts.”

“If the offender is a corporation, partnership or association, or other juridical entity, the penalty shall be imposed upon the officer or officers of the corporation, partnership, association or entity responsible for the violation without prejudice to the cancellation or revocation of these entities license or accreditation issued to them by any licensing or accredited body of the government. If such offender is an alien, he or she shall, in addition to the penalties prescribed in this Act, be deported without further proceedings after service of the sentence.”

“We appeal to all our partners in the delivery of relief assistance – from the barangay and local government units to the civil society organizations to please help us deliver the relief boxes to all Filipinos affected by Typhoon Lawin and to help them gain access to the emergency shelter assistance (ESA) fund, as well as the cash-for-work (CFW) program.  We must work together to ensure that our kababayans affected by Lawin – many of whom have lost their houses, crops, and other means of livelihood – receive what assistance the DSWD and the national government are providing them. It is most sorry state of affairs that there are those who are taking advantage of the tragedies experienced by so many,” she said. # [DSWD Social Marketing Service]

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12K residents complete climate change mitigation projects in Rizal

A total of 12,090 beneficiaries from Rizal Province had completed various projects amounting to PhP31.68 million focusing on climate change adaptation and mitigation under the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) cash-for-work scheme.

Majority of these participants are beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and members of poor households in the Listahanan database of the DSWD.

Projects include tree planting / reforestation; cleaning of clogged canals, lake and river; desilting of water ways; concreting of pavement, and; proper disposal and recycling of waste materials.

All the beneficiaries were engaged for a total of 10 days each for PhP262.00 per day.

The said cash-for-work activities were part of the national government’s Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation (CCAM) priority program for the year 2015. These aimed to strengthen the resiliency of natural ecosystems and the adaptive capacities of vulnerable groups and communities to short and long-term risks.

The DSWD Field Office IV-A identified Antipolo City and the 13 municipalities in Rizal Province as priority areas because they are usually affected by disasters and are assessed to be flood and landslide prone areas by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Mines and Geosciences Bureau.

The cash-for-work activities were conducted in different batches and were implemented by their respective LGUs from September 2015 to April 2016.

In the town of Cainta, which has a very high susceptibility to flood and is one of the first municipalities to implement the project, cash for work-activities focused on clearing and concreting of canals and pathways. The town engaged a total of 1,400 beneficiaries amounting to PhP3.67 million.

In Binangonan, on the other hand, activities included declogging of canals and waterways and collection and disposal of plastic and other wastes from February to April 2016. They engaged a total of 700 beneficiaries with a total fund of PhP1.83 million.

The DSWD Field Office IV-A commends the 14 LGUs of the province for their active participation in the implementation of projects relative to the mitigation of the effects of climate change starting from the submission of activity proposals, targeting of beneficiaries and actual monitoring of the activities.# with reports from JCJerusalem

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2K families in CALABARZON affected by Typhoon Nona

A total of 2,411 families were affected by Typhoon Nona in the four provinces in the CALABARZON Region as per reports received by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office IV-A as of 3:00 PM today.

These families are from 85 affected barangays in 17 municipalities in the provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas and Quezon.

Of these families, 394 are displaced and are staying in four evacuation centers in Batangas Province and two in Cavite Province.

From the start of the monitoring of the DSWD on the onset of the typhoon last December 14, there are 95 evacuation centers reported to have opened and housed a total of 2,446 affected families in the said provinces. There are also 221 affected families from Quezon Province who stayed outside evacuation centers during the monitoring period.

The DSWD has provided assistance to these affected families through the provision of augmentation support to the relief operations of their respective local government units (LGUs).

As of time of reporting, the DSWD has provided 3,000 family food packs worth PhP1,082,820.00 as augmentation to the province of Batangas and the municipality of Los Baños, Laguna.

The DSWD is continuously monitoring the status of affected areas in the region for the provision of necessary assistance and interventions along disaster response and rehabilitation.#

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TS Lando displaced families return home

All 1,196 families or 4,858 persons displaced by Typhoon Lando reported to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office IV-A has returned home. This is as per report of the agency’s Quick Response Team as of 9:00 PM of October 19, 2015.

The said affected families are from 18 municipalities in the provinces of Quezon, Rizal, Laguna and Cavite.

All throughout the duration of the monitoring of the Field Office, there are a total of 34 evacuation centers that opened in the region. Majority of these evacuation centers are in Quezon Province, specifically in the municipalities of Polillo, Jomalig, Gen. Nakar, Burdeos, Infanta, Panukulan and Patnanungan.

The DSWD has provided assistance to these affected families through the provision of relief goods to their respective local government units (LGUs).

As of time of reporting, the DSWD has provided 20,400 family food packs amounting to PhP7.4 Million to the provincial LGUs of Quezon and Laguna and the municipalities of Polillo, Infanta and Perez in Quezon and Pililla and Jalajala in Rizal.

The DSWD is continuously monitoring the status of affected areas in the region for the provision of necessary assistance and interventions along disaster response and rehabilitation.#

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Typhoon Glenda victims in Quezon receive DSWD shelter assistance

Victims of Typhoon Glenda in Quezon Province have received emergency shelter assistance from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through its Field Office IV-A. The said assistance was provided to affected families whose house had been totally damaged during the occurrence of the said disaster last July 2014.

As of August 3, 2015, the DSWD has released a total of Php5 Million as shelter assistance for 500 families in the municipalities of Agdangan, General Luna and Macalelon in the said province.

Each beneficiary received a total of PhP10,000 as shelter assistance.

The ESA provides cash grants to families whose houses are either totally damaged or partially damaged due to the occurrence of disaster. Beneficiaries are determined through the local government units, particularly the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office, who have assessed the families and the extent of damage to their shelter units.

Besides the said number of families, the DSWD will be releasing ESA to at least 5,000 affected families in Quezon whose houses had either been totally or partially damaged because of the typhoon. Those families with totally damaged houses will receive Php10,000 assistance while those with partially damaged houses will receive Php5,000 assistance.

The said assistance to these families will cost a total of PhP34 Million and will be distributed to the beneficiaries within the year.#

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Ruby evacuees return home

From a high of 673 evacuation centers opened as a preventive measure to Typhoon Ruby’s onslaught, a total of 70 centers remain open with 2,411 families in CALABARZON Region only.***

 

 

 

 

 

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TYPHOON RUBY EVACUEES DOWN TO 2,411 FAMILIES IN CALABARZON

From a high of 673 evacuation centers opened as a preventive measure to the dangers that maybe caused by Typhoon Ruby in Region IV-A, only a total of 70 centers remain open with 2,411 families in 3 of the 5 provinces of the region.

Based on the 2 PM December 10 report of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office IV-A, the said centers are located in the provinces of Batangas (5 evacuation centers), Laguna (19) and Quezon (46).  More evacuation centers are expected to close within the next 24 hours as the weather is expected to improve further as Typhoon Ruby exits the country.

The total number of families inside evacuation centers peaked at 21,899 with 95,559 individuals.  This occurred during the preemptive evacuations conducted by various local government units whose localities were reported to be affected hit by Typhoon Ruby.

To date, there are only 21 damaged houses in the region reported with 4 totally damaged and 17 partially damaged.  These said houses are all in Quezon Province.

For the Typhoon Ruby Disaster operation, the Department has provided a total 45,240 family food packs to affected families across the region alone.  The said food packs have a total worth of Php17,964,912.00.

DSWD Field Office IV-A will continue monitoring the status of the remaining evacuation centers and provide relief goods if deemed necessary.***

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Typhoon Ruby evacuees down to 2,411 families in CALABARZON

From a high of 673 evacuation centers opened as a preventive measure to the dangers that maybe caused by Typhoon Ruby in Region IV-A, only a total of 70 centers remain open with 2,411 families in 3 of the 5 provinces of the region.

Based on the 2 PM December 10 report of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office IV-A, the said centers are located in the provinces of Batangas (5 evacuation centers), Laguna (19) and Quezon (46).  More evacuation centers are expected to close within the next 24 hours as the weather is expected to improve further as Typhoon Ruby exits the country.

The total number of families inside evacuation centers peaked at 21,899 with 95,5599 individuals.  This occurred during the preemptive evacuations conducted by various local government units whose localities were reported to be affected hit by Typhoon Ruby.

To date, there are only 21 damaged houses in the region reported with 4 totally damaged and 17 partially damaged.  These said houses are all in Quezon Province.

For the Typhoon Ruby Disaster operation, the Department has provided a total 45,240 family food packs to affected families across the region alone.  The said food packs have a total worth of Php17,964,912.00.

DSWD Field Office IV-A will continue monitoring the status of the remaining evacuation centers and provide relief goods if deemed necessary.***

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