The families affected by typhoon “Nina” (international name: Nock-ten) on Christmas Day have been provided with relief assistance from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the office of vice president Leni Robredo on Monday. Both agencies have dispatched teams to monitor the typhoon and facilitated an immediate emergency response in the affected areas.

DSWD initiates relief operations

The DSWD has begun providing relief assistance to the affected families, wherein an estimated 50,000 family food packs (FFPs) were delivered to DSWD Field Office V on Sunday afternoon, in addition to the 15,000 FFPs distributed in Tuguegarao on Saturday. At least 60,000 pouches of arroz caldo were also transported in Albay.

The agency continues to monitor and facilitate emergency response humanitarian assistance while its quick response teams (QRTs) in affected regions remain on standby. Meanwhile, its Disaster Response and Management Bureau (DReAMB) is on red alert status and is closely monitoring the weather updates.

Robredo helps in relief operations from US

On the other hand, vice president Robredo is helping coordinate the relief operations for typhoon “Nina” in the Bicol Region, while on a break in the US. According to her spokeswoman, Georgina Hernandez, a team from the office of the vice president (OVP) has been dispatched to the affected areas to facilitate relief and emergency response operations on the ground.

Communication and media team head Boom Enriquez said the initiative is fueled by donations from private partners through the “Kaya Natin! Movement” which heads the “Taskforce Tindog Bikol” relief operations. The office is also coordinating with Angat Buhay partners and other private sectors for food and non-food items that can be transported to Bicol.

‘Help out’ in ongoing operations

Amid initiatives to help out typhoon victims, Robredo was criticized by some netizens from being in the US while typhoon “Nina” wreaked havoc in the Bicol region over the weekend. Hernandez defended the vice president saying she has traveled out of the country for a family reunion and that it was already planned over a year ago.

The OVP, who assured the public that the former Camarines Sur representative will head straight to Naga as soon as she arrives, called on the public to help out in the relief operations for Filipinos affected by the onslaught of the recent typhoon.

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As of Monday, DSWD-DReAMB disclosed the typhoon has displaced a total of 585 families or 2,340 individuals in Bicol while some 975 families or 3,793 individuals residing along coastal and riverside areas in Northern Samar have been evacuated into 14 evacuation centers in the region. Meanwhile, more than 4,000 passengers have been stranded, late Monday morning, in 10 seaports in the region as sea travel remains to be risky over the seaboards of Luzon, Samar and Leyte.

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