Davao del Sur – (DSWD XI) Data from the Disaster Response Operations Monitoring and Information Center (DROMIC) show that at least 7,005 families or 35,025 persons were affected by the series of earthquakes that had struck Davao region in October.

With this number, at least 2,333 families or 11,665 persons are staying in twenty-one (21) evacuation centers located at Digos City, Magsaysay, and Bansalan, Davao del Sur.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 11 has so far deployed thirty-one (31) camp managers who will provide support to field personnel in charge of the evacuation centers. These camp managers will also lead in the assessment and intake of displaced families and the provision of psychosocial support especially among women and children evacuees.

Different field offices of the department and partner local governments also deliver augmentation support, in coordination with other national government agencies, to secure the immediate needs of our affected families in the region.

On November 3, OIC-Regional Director Grace Q. Subong met with Mayor Arthur Davin of the municipality of Magsaysay, Davao del Sur and assured that DSWD will continue to provide more aid for the evacuees and to coordinate with the local government units and national government agencies for the provision of their other needs.

To date, DSWD 11 has released a total of 3,955 family food packs, 1,500 sleeping kits, 330 mosquito nets, 50 family tents, 168 hygiene kits, and 500 laminated sacks. The total cost of assistance provided is P4,114,337.00.