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PRRD visits Agaton-hit areas in Capiz

ROXAS CITY, Capiz (PIA) -- President Rodrigo Roa Duterte visited this afternoon, April 16, 2022, the affected families of tropical depression Agaton in the province.

The President personally checked the situation and condition of the evacuees who are temporarily sheltered at Pontevedra Elementary School in Pontevedra town.

In his message, the President assured the residents of Capiz that the government will help them recover from the effects of the onslaught of the typhoon.

“DSWD will be here. For as long as there are people who cannot eat food, we will sustain the food. Yung mga housing, I will tell Gen. Del Rosario of the National Housing Authority na magpunta rito, at sa daan ninyo to repair, andyan si Acting Secretary Mercado of DPWH,” President Duterte said.

As part of his visit, the President led the distribution of relief packs and financial assistance to the flood - affected families.

“Maliban sa ating standard na mga food packs, meron tayong mga sleeping kits, hygiene kits, kitchen kits, drinking water, at magbibigay rin tayo nga finan-

cial assistance para sa bawat pamilya na na-validate na at nasa listahan na nai-submit sa atin,” said Department of Social Welfare and Devlopment (DSWD) 6 Regional Director Ma. Evelyn Macapobre in an interview.

The assistance will be distributed to 102,380 affected families composed of 383,496 individuals.

As of April 15, 2022, DSWD 6 has already distributed 8,800 family food packs (FFPs), 200 various non-food items like sleeping, hygiene, and kitchen kits, and 2,000 bottles of 10 liters per bottle of drinking water all amounting to a total of P4.8 million.

Macapobre also noted that a financial assistance worth P5,000 of Aid to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) shall also be given to each typhoon victim or based on the submitted list by the respective local government units and validated by the DSWD.

On the other hand, Department of Agriculture (DA) 6 regional executive director Engineer Remelyn Recoter emphasized the roles of LGUs in submitting a damage report for the agency to determine and validate the extent of intervention to be given to affected areas in the region.

“As of yesterday, for the whole Western Visayas, we have a total of P132 million cost of damage,” said RED Recoter, citing that most damaged were the rice crops in the provinces of Iloilo, Antique, and Capiz.

Capiz reported the 80 percent of its agricultural areas affected.

According to Recoter, Agaton-affected farmers will be receiving replenishment of rice seeds. Buffer stocks of palay allocated for provinces afflicted with calamities have already been distributed.

Also, an additional allocation of P100 million pesos Quick Response Fund (QRF) will be utilized by the agency to further support the affected farmers in the region based on the submitted reports by LGUs.

Aside from the visitation of Agaton-affected areas, President Duterte also led the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the Capiz Multi-Purpose Evacuation Center in Pueblo de Panay in Brgy. Lawa-an, here.

The P250-million project, funded by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Region, is Phase 1 of the 2-storey building situated on a two-hectare government site and to be utilized as an evacuation that can accommodate up to 5,000 evacuees and convention center for large-scale meetings and events. (AAL/FRG/PIA6)

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