DSWD calls for volunteers as relief operations intensify in CAR

BAGUIO CITY -The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) here calls for individuals and groups who are interested to render volunteer services in the preparation of family food packs for the victims of Typhoon Lawin.

“In times like this, we need every hand that is willing to help. We need to come together for us to get through this”, OIC- Regional Director Janet P. Armas said.

Potential volunteers could submit their names and contact numbers to the Department through the Quick Response Team at +63949-141-72-32, +63906-094-10-64, (074) 446-49-41 or (074) 442-39-46.

They will be contacted by the Department for their schedule.

The Department can also accept food and non-food items as donations. Individuals or groups who are willing to donate food items to volunteers are also welcome.

Meanwhile, Armas has asked the typhoon victims to inform the Department on the extent of the damages in their communities.

“Please inform our office on the interventions that you need and we will do our best to provide it. You can call our QRT or you can go to the local social welfare and development offices in your areas”, Armas said.

As of 12 NN of October 24, 2016, there were 66,518 families with 307,305 individuals affected by Typhoon Lawin. A total of 137 evacuation centers served a total of 3,387 families with 15,318 individuals.

A total of Php 7,934, 005.12 worth of assistance has already been provided by the local government units, non-government organizations/ people’s organizations and the DSWD to the victims of Lawin.

Suoer typhoon Lawin had caused widespread destruction in CAR with four provinces already under state of calamity.

Armas expressed gratitude to all those who have extended assistance to the Department. “We are thankful for our partners for helping us in every way that they can. I hope that we continue doing this for our brothers and sisters here in the Cordillera for us to fully recover from this difficulty”./PIA/ Nerizza Faye G. Villanueva-DSWD CAR


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