QUEZON-- CITYFamilies living in communities along the coastal areas in the municipalities of Tingloy, Mabini, Lemery, Taal, and San Luis in Batangas Province who took pre-emptive evacuation for fear of tsunami as a result of the earthquake on April 8 have already returned to their respective houses.
Although the situation in the province is starting to normalize, the DSWD-Field Office (FO) CALABARZON is still closely coordinating with concerned Local Government Units (LGUs) to assess the status of affected families and determine their needs.
The DSWD FO CALABARZON, together with the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) CALABARZON and Provincial/Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils (P/MDRRMCs) , led in intensifying information dissemination to the public on earthquake and fire safety.
Likewise, the DSWD FO CALABARZON has also organized a psychosocial processing team, which will be deployed from April 18 to 21 to conduct critical incident stress debriefing (CISD) sessions to affected families. The CISD is a process that prevents or limits the development of post-traumatic stress in people exposed to critical incidents. Professionally conducted debriefings help survivors cope with, and recover from the after effects of the calamity.
To date, DSWD has extended a total of ?5,295,272 worth of assistance to affected families in Batangas Province.
Relief ops in Lanao del Sur
Meanwhile, DSWD has provided a total of ?252,394.40 worth of assistance to families affected by the 6.0 magnitude earthquake in Wao, Lanao del Sur.
As of April 16, a total of 658 families or 2,876 persons in 11 barangays in Wao have been affected. DSWD-Field Office XII and the provincial LGU continue to serve these families who chose to stay in their respective houses.
Source: Philippines Information Agency