Gov’t extends aid to families affected by Severe Tropical Storm Paeng

Gov’t extends aid to families affected by Severe Tropical Storm Paeng

By Liezelle Soriano

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MANILA — The government has already provided P4.1 million in aid to families affected by Severe Tropical Storm Paeng, which has already made landfall in the Bicol region, according to Malacañang on Saturday.

As of the latest report (5 p.m.) from the state weather bureau (Pagasa), the eye of the storm is right now in the vicinity of San Pablo City, Laguna.

This aid was provided through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), local government units (LGUs), and other partners.

According to a statement from the Office of the Press Secretary (OPS), the government has P1.5 billion in total relief resources, including P445.2 million in standby funds and P100 million in quick response funds (QRF).

“According to the DSWD, there are 97,206 families affected by the tropical storm in multiple regions, with 12,304 families already sheltering in evacuation centers,” it said.

“Initial reports said there were 54 totally damaged houses and 54 partially damaged,” the OPS added.

For individuals who would be affected by Paeng, DSWD Secretary Erwin Tulfo said the organization has already prepositioned food and non-food assistance goods and cash as early as Wednesday.

Tulfo said that the DSWD will transport supplies to the tropical storm-affected areas using government air assets. (ai/mtvn)

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