The Iloilo City Government through the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) immediately mobilized its relief operations for Ilonggos affected by the onslaught of Typhoon Paeng. The efforts got support from various sectors in the metropolis.
Torrential rains and gusty winds started to hit the city on Friday, October 28, forcing evacuation of residents especially in the coastal barangays. Some houses in City Proper and Molo areas were damaged by strong waves.
According to Mayor Jerry P. Treñas, CSWDO assured that the evacuees have enough food supply and comfortable beds during night time.
“We have provided temporary shelter and distributed food packs, and hot meals to our evacuees para mapasiguro ang ila seguridad kag kahimtangan sa tion sang kalamidad kag emerhensya. Naghatag man kita sang psychosocial support parehos sang counseling and stress debriefing kaupod ang aton mga CSWDO personnel,” Treñas said.
Volunteer groups, bake shops, and non-governmental organizations also joined the relief operations through various donations. Uswag IIonggo Partylist has started providing financial assistance of P5,000 to all families with totally damaged houses and P3,000 to all families with partially damaged houses thru the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
As soon as the state of calamity is declared, Treñas said that the city government will also provide financial assistance from our calamity funds of P10,000 to all families with totally damaged houses and P7,000 for those with partially damaged houses. These will be taken from the calamity fund.
“We are so grateful of the help extended by the different sectors to the Ilonggos who are greatly affected by Typhoon Paeng. We are all in this together for this battle, ululupod kita sa pag bangon,” Treñas added.
As of November 2, CSWDO reported that there are 9,649 individuals and 2,295 families from 62 barangays in the city were affected by the tropical storm. A total of 485 persons are still in the evacuation center.
The agency also reported that 221 houses were totally damaged while 596 are partially damaged.