P105-M in government aid provided to 26 Mayon-hit villages

2023 June 28

MANILA – The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), in its Wednesday update, said that aid provided to communities affected by the ongoing unrest of Mayon Volcano in Region 5 (Bicol Region) has now reached PHP105,337,234.

This is higher than the PHP101 million reported by the agency last June 26. Assistance provided includes distilled water in six-liter bottles, family food packs, kits, tents, financial and fuel assistance, hog feeds, hygiene kits, knapsack sprayer, laminated sacks, drums, malong, modular tents, nets, nylon ropes, rice, sleeping kits and tarpaulins.

The NDRRMC also reported that 144 land and air logistics assets were deployed to transport “humanitarian cargoes” in Albay.

These were provided by the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), World Food Programme, and the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

Also, 41 search, rescue and retrieval (SRR) teams from the AFP and Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) are on standby while 151 SRR transport assets are available.

As of this posting, the number of affected families are placed at 10,642 or equivalent to 41,483 persons residing in 26 barangays in Region 5.

Seeking shelter in the 28 evacuation centers are 5,354 families or 18,706 individuals.

Around 408 families or 1,428 persons are being aided out of the evacuation centers.

These numbers are subject to change as validation is constantly ongoing.

Earlier, the OCD said that affected families are a combination of those displaced and those not really needing removal from their residence.

An example of this are families whose livelihood were affected but not needing evacuation. 

Priam Nepomuceno (PNA)