Government aid for Mayon-affected residents reaches P85.6-M

2023 June 23

Mayon Volcano

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MANILA – The government has so far provided PHP85.6 million worth of aid to communities hit by the continuing unrest of the Mayon Volcano, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said on Friday.

In its latest bulletin, the agency reported that the aid consists of distilled water, drums, family food packs, family and modular tents, hygiene kits, financial and fuel assistance, hog feed, rice, sleeping kits, and tarpaulins.

The volcano’s unrest has already affected about 10,110 families or 38,982 individuals residing in 26 barangays in the Bicol region.

Families being sheltered in 28 evacuation centers numbered 5,336 consisting of 18,733 persons, while 402 families or 1,409 persons are being aided by relatives and friends.

The NDRRMC also said 143 land, air, and naval assets from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Office of Civil Defense were deployed to transport “humanitarian cargoes” to Albay.

It said 41 search, rescue, and retrieval (SRR) teams from the AFP and Bureau of Fire Protection are on standby.

These SRR teams are backed up by 148 mobility assets, broken down into 17 for air, 103 for land, and 28 watercraft.

Priam Nepomuceno (PNA)