The 3rd batch of DSWD workers to serve in regions 7 and 8 with Director Priscilla N. Razon [4th from left, second row].

DAVAO City – Social Welfare Department Regional Director Priscilla N. Razon sent off Sunday another 21 more DSWD workers for Tacloban and Cebu. “We are deploying 11 in Cebu and 10 in Tacloban. This is going to be our first batch for Cebu and second batch for Tacloban. We also deployed 10 in Ormoc while 14 were sent to Tacloban second week of November,” Director Razon said.

According to Director Razon, a total of 45 DSWD XI personnel have already been deployed to help out in the management and coordination of evacuation centers and other transition shelters. She said they will also assist in establishing women- and child-friendly spaces and in the distribution of relief goods, adding that one worker will help manage the One-Stop-Shop at Cebu airport and seaport to facilitate duty-free entry of international donations. Fifteen DSWD workers have also served as escorts of cargo trucks delivering relief goods in Region 8, she added.

Further, over 70,000 family food packs have been delivered to Region 8 by DSWD XI. Each family food pack contains 6 kilos rice, 4 cans sardines, 4 cans corned beef / beef loaf, 8 pouches noodles and 8 sachets 3-in-1 coffee. Along with the food packs, also sent were 50,000 pieces half-liter bottled water. Donations from private citizens and organizations have also been sent to Region 8 through DSWD.

Meanwhile, more than 6000 volunteers have signed up to help out DSWD personnel sort out, repack, pile and haul relief goods for families affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda. Volunteers come from various schools, youth organizations, private companies, religious groups, government agencies, local government units, non-government and civic groups.

Presently, DSWD continues to welcome donations at the inter-agency relief operations center at DPWH Depot, Panacan. Cash donations may be deposited in the DSWD XI Regular Trust Fund with DBP Account No. 0915-010155-030 or donors may go directly to the DSWD XI Cashier’s Office at R. Magsaysay Ave., Davao City. More details may be obtained by calling DSWD Office at telephone nos. [082] 2271964 and 2278746, e-mailing DSWD at , or visiting the DSWD 11 webite at

Internally displaced persons (IDPs) of Region 8 transferring to Region XI are being processed and provided with psycho-social support by the City Social Services and Development Office (CSSDO) and DSWD. Sixty 911 volunteers who have returned to Davao after deployment in Region 8 were also provided with Critical Incidence Stress Debriefing (CISD) by CSSDO, Philippine Mental Health Association and DSWD.  DSWD