The total amount of aid extended by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and local governments to those affected by Typhoon Karding has reached P29.6 million, according to an official.
“Yung nabanggit po ni Sir Erwin (Tulfo) kahapon na P28 million nadagdagan na po yan, nasa P29.6 million na po yung naipamamahaging tulong po ng DSWD, and then katuwang po natin siyempre dito yung (local government units) tsaka ilan pong mga (non-government organizations),” said DSWD spokesperson Assistant Secretary Rommel Lopez.
According to the spokesperson, they see more and more damage caused by Karding as they move around.
“Ang atin pong napapansin as we go along the way, ay medyo pumapasok pa po yung mga karagdagang datos po ng mga damages, halimbawa po, yung mga bahay po na napinsala ng pananalasa po ni supertyphoon Karding, nag-increase po ito exponentially.”
“Sa atin pong datos, eh mga nasa 11,000 po ito, almost 12,000 po, kasi ang totally damaged po ay 1,908 sa aming datos, yung partially damaged po ay 10,000 mahigit po,” he added.
According to Lopez, many houses were damaged in Calabarzon, Region 2, and Region 3.
But he said the regions most damaged by the typhoon are Region 1, Region 2, Region 3, Calabarzon, Region 5, and Cordillera Administrative Region.
P29.6M worth of aid given to Karding’s victims
The official said they could ask for an additional budget from the Department of Budget and Management if their aid funds are insufficient.
“Yung atin naman pong pondo, noong kami po ay bagong upo, P1.5 billion po ito, ngayon po nasa P1.1 billion na lamang po ito.”
“Pero ang kagandahan naman po sa ating sistema, ay maaari po tayong humingi kaagad ng augmentation or replenishment sa DBM kung talagang mababawasan po yung ating pondo,” he said.
According to the Department of Agriculture (DA), the damage and losses suffered by the agricultural sector as a result of Typhoon Karding’s assault have reached around P2 billion.
The latest estimates from the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Operations Center (DRRM) of the DA show that the value of production loss increased from P1.29 billion on Tuesday afternoon to P1.97 billion as of 9 a.m. on September 28.