Contributed by Carlo Lorenzo J. Datu, PIA
CITY of SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – Approximately 2,245 families or about 5,891 persons in 37 barangays in Central Luzon were affected as typhoon “Rosita” lashed the region with strong winds and heavy rains.
“Per Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), about 1,244 families or 2,983 persons are currently in evacuation centers,” Office of Civil Defense Operations Chief Robert P. Manalo said.
DSWD has activated its Regional and Provincial Quick Response Teams to monitor the current situation.
The agency is also continuously prepositioning goods in the province of Aurora to ensure adequate number of relief items in the area.
For its part, Department of Health (DOH) has provided a total of Php1,100,162.34 worth of augmentation including CAMPOLAS (composed of Cotrimoxazole, Amoxicillin, Mefenamic Acid, Paracetamol, ORS, Lagundi, Vitamin A and skin ointment), doxycycline, other drugs/,medicines and supplies to all of its provincial offices in the region.
“DOH received one casualty report from the province of Tarlac. However, upon our validation with Department of the Interior and Local Government the case was declared not typhoon-related,” Manalo added.
Meanwhile, personnel and resources from the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police and Bureau of Fire Protection are on standby for possible rescue and retrieval operations.