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DSWD extends aid to oil spill-affected residents in Batangas

Following the widespread effects of the oil spill incident in Oriental Mindoro last month, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has extended assistance to the affected residents in the province of Batangas. To date, more than Php 1.5 million worth of humanitarian assistance has been provided by the DSWD to the affected population.

The Department, through its Field Office IV-A CALABARZON and in coordination with the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) of Batangas City, facilitated the distribution of 1,762 family food packs (FFPs) to the affected fisherfolks and tourism industry workers in six barangays of Isla Verde.

Based on the latest report, there are 1,767 families or 7,740 individuals residing in Batangas City who have been affected by the oil spill incident.

In addition, the DSWD already prepositioned 9,000 food packs to the local government units (LGUs) of Nasugbu, Calatagan, Balayan, Lemery, Lian, and San Juan. Each municipality has an allocation of 1,500 FFPs which can be utilized when needed.

Meanwhile, the Department is currently processing the downloading of funds to the LGUs in Batangas province for the implementation of the Cash-for-Work (CFW) program intended for target affected beneficiaries from CALABARZON, who will be deployed for 15 days of work.

The CFW program is part of the DSWD’s effort to mitigate the effect of the oil spill as it is now affecting the province.

The DSWD continues to monitor the effects of the oil spill incident so that immediate action can be taken to help the affected residents.

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