More than P90.1 million worth of humanitarian assistance has so far been extended to the regions affected by the onslaught of typhoon Odette, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said Friday, Dec. 24.

(DSWD Region VII Facebook page)

The aid was extended by the DSWD, local government units, non-government organizations, and other agencies to the typhoon victims in Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan), Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Northern Mindanao, Davao, Soccsksargen (South Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani, General Santos), and Caraga.

“Composed of food and non-food items, the assistance from the DSWD serves as augmentation to the resources of affected LGUs in support of their relief operations to the communities hardest hit by the typhoon,” the DSWD said in a statement on Friday, Dec. 24.

The DSWD assured the public that it has teamed up with various government agencies, NGOs, and other stakeholders “to strengthen its disaster response operations” in “Odette”-hit areas.

DSWD Secretary Rolando Joselito Bautista’ s visit to Siargao Island on Dec. 22 showed the agency’s commitment to urgently provide aid to the typhoon victims.

“The Secretary provided guidance to the DSWD Field Office Caraga personnel assigned at the Provincial Emergency Operation Center in Siargao, Surigao del Norte, in ensuring the continuous and expeditious provision of assistance to affected families and individuals in the municipalities around the island,” the DSWD said.

Meanwhile, the Social Welfare department thanked the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for extending non-food disaster relief items to the typhoon victims.

The JICA donations include 100 camping tents, 527 sleeping pads, 450 rolls of plastic sheets, 30 sets of generator with cord reel, 60 conversion/adaptor plugs, and 500 portable jerry cans/water containers. The items will be distributed in Bohol and Cebu.

The DSWD vowed to continue working with the World Food Program (WFP) for the transportation of its resources.

The WFP’s 10-wheeler trucks were used to transport around 32,000 family food packs (FFPs) to ports from the DSWD warehouse.

Bacolod, Surigao City, Cebu City and Kabankalan City received the food packs.

“Likewise, the Department is in constant coordination with LGUs and other partner-agencies such as the Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine National Police, and Philippine Navy for prompt delivery of relief items to disaster areas.”

Source: Manila Bulletin (