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News : DSWD Sets Up Relief Goods Delivery Hotline
TACLOBAN CITY/MANILA, Nov 20, 2013 -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development has set up a hotline for residents in areas affected by super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) who have not yet received food or relief packs.
But DSWD Secretary Corazon Soliman said people sending messages to the number – 0920-9463766 – should include full details of their location.
"Mahalaga ang sasabihin ninyo ang detalye. Anong barangay, anong bayan, anong probinsya at ano ang reklamo," she said at a meeting in the city of an inter-agency task force Wednesday.
She said the DSWD could not help them if they merely text "nagugutom kami (we are hungry)."
"Citizens should include in their report the specific area of concern, including details such as the province/ town/ barangay," presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said during a press conference.
Lacierda said that since November 9, a total of 863,691 food packs, 184,779 units of high-energy biscuits, and 220,192 bottles of water (1 liter each) have been distributed to affected areas.
On Tuesday alone, Interior Secretary Mar Roxas reported that 101,260 food packs were distributed in Leyte.
He said relief was delivered to 32 of the 40 municipalities of Leyte while eight other towns were not able to collect their food packs despite being informed of the availability of the aid.
Lacierda quoted Roxas as saying that some local government officials from these towns did not have the means to collect and deliver relief items to their communities.
The government has been ramping up its delivery of relief items, both food and non-food, to residents affected by Yolanda.
Yolanda tore through Visayas and Southern Luzon last Nov. 8, leaving behind at least 4,000 dead.
Meanwhile, Soliman said the government is also stepping up its distribution of non-food items such as hygiene kits and tarpaulins.
This was especially after rain fell on parts of this city this week.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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Published: Wednesday, November 20, 2013