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Public may donate for Habagat victims through DSWD, LGUs

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – In response to many queries received by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) from the public, it announced that donations are welcome for the families affected by the continuous heavy downpour spawned by the Southwest Monsoon. At the National Capital Region (NCR), interested donors who want to course through their donations to the DSWD can directly proceed to the National Resource Operations Center (NROC) along Chapel Road in Pasay City. Likewise, they can proceed to DSWD-NCR at San Rafael St, Legarda, Manila. Disaster teams who are on duty are ready to accept their donations.
Outside NCR, they can also proceed to the nearest DSWD Field Office in their area. Aside from DSWD, they can give their donations to their local government units (LGUs). “Better yet they can directly go to any evacuation center in their locality and distribute their donations. The social workers in the evacuation centers can assist them. They may give clothes, medicines, hygiene kits, food, or hot meals,” DSWD Secretary Judy M. Taguiwalo said.
“Magtulungan tayo, mga kababayan.” Sec. Taguiwalo said that she appreciates these gestures from generous donors. “Kailangan po namin talaga ang tulong ng bawat isa sa atin para mapalawig pa natin ang tulong para sa mga kababayan nating biktima ng mga kalamidad. Makakakaasa kayo na ang mga donasyon ninyo ay maipaparating sa kanila (We need the help of everyone to further expand our assistance for our fellow countrymen who are being affected by disasters. We assure you that your donations will reach the rightful beneficiaries),” Sec. Taguiwalo said.
She reiterated that affected families should not wait for social workers to reach out to them, instead they can approach the DSWD-Field Office nearest them or their LGUs. “Huwag po tayong mag-atubiling lumapit para humingi ng tulong kung tayo ay biktima. Sa dami po minsan ng mga apektadong tao ay may nakakaligtaan ang ating gobyerno (Do not hesitate to ask for help. Oftentimes, due to the large number of victims, there are some families who may not be reached immediately),” Sec. Taguiwalo said.

Criselda Cabangon David, a happy mother of two kids, is a full-time Sociologist at the City Government of Lucena, Quezon Province. She is currently the Managing Editor of Ang Diaryo Natin Sunday News, a weekly local community newspaper in the Philippines and an active member of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines.