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DSWD chief orders immediate aid to families affected by Davao City fire

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Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Rex Gatchalian has ordered DSWD Field Office-11 (Davao Region) Regional Director Vanessa Goc-Ong to provide immediate assistance to the more than 300 families who were affected by a fire incident at Purok San Vicente, Barangay Leon Garcia in Davao City on Wednesday (December 27).

As of press time, DSWD Davao Regional Director Goc-Ong has been closely coordinating with the Davao City local government unit for the provision of resource augmentation to address the needs of the affected families.

Based on initial reports gathered by Field Office-11, some 357 families or 1,428 individuals were affected by the fire incident.

Personnel from the DSWD Field Office are now on the ground interviewing the affected families to validate the actual number of individuals.

DSWD Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs Irene Dumlao, who is also the agency’s data privacy officer and co-spokesperson, said the DSWD, through its Field Office -11 is ready to assist, when necessary, the LGU in meeting the food and other needs of the fire survivors.

“In keeping with the directive of Secretary Gatchalian to ensure that those affected by disasters and emergencies should be immediately assisted, the Field Office is now preparing various relief supplies such as family food packs and other non-food items to augment the resources of the LGU,” the DSWD official said.

To date, the DSWD Davao Regional office has more than P86 million worth of stockpiles of relief supplies and standby funds ready to be used for disaster operations.

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