Validation of quake-damaged houses continues in Batangas

  • April 21, 2017

QUEZON CITY, April 21 -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), in coordination with the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) of Batangas, is now assisting the provincial local government in the validation of damaged houses and infrastructures affected by the twin earthquakes that hit the province on April 8.

Based on the updated report sent by the DSWD Regional Office-CALABARZON, a Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) was already conducted in Batangas Provincial Capitol to present the situation on the extent of the damage brought by the earthquakes.

The Field Office already deployed their Provincial Action Team in the affected areas to validate the data on the damaged houses based on the report of the PDRRMC utilizing the Emergency Shelter Assistance Form which includes photos of possible beneficiaries and their damaged shelters.

The validated data will be the basis for a consolidated rehabilitation plan for the affected communities in Batangas Province.

Currently, there is a total of 3,114 damaged houses in the province, of which, 432 were totally damaged, while 2,682 were partially damaged.

In addition to the ongoing validation, four teams were deployed in Tingloy, to continue the conduct of Psychosocial Processing (PSP) to the ten remaining barangays who were not yet given PSP intervention since the onset of the earthquake.

Meanwhile, one evacuation center remains open sheltering 13 families or 52 individuals in Brgy. Sta. Clara, Batangas City. According to the local government, the area where the families are living is a landslide prone area and there are reported damaged infrastructures that may put the life of the locals in danger. They are now continuously monitoring and providing assistance to the displaced families inside the center.

DSWD Secretary Judy M. Taguiwalo assured concerned local governments that the Department will continue to monitor the status of the affected barangays and deliver appropriate intervention and additional support, if necessary. (DSWD)


Other News

President Duterte arrives in Russia for official visit
  • May 24, 2017
MOSCOW, Russia, May 24 -- President Rodrigo Roa Duterte arrived here on Monday, May 22, for a four-day official visit which aims to further strengthen bilateral relations with Russia. The plane carrying President Duterte and his official delegation touched down at Vnukovo International Airport at 11:18 p.m. (Moscow time). Moscow is five hours behind Manila. The President was accompanied by Cabinet members led by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre, Agriculture Secret...Read more
Avail of DOLE’s job facilitation services
  • May 24, 2017
MANILA, May 24 -- Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III encouraged jobseekers anew to make full use of the government’s employment facilitation services to ease unemployment and underemployment in the country. “We are bringing employment facilitation services closer to the public. Jobseekers may browse PhilJobNet, search for vacancies, and conveniently apply online. They may also look up the job fair schedules posted at the online portal and personally go to the job fairs in their areas,” Bello said.    PhilJobNet is the internet-based job and applicant matching system of the D...Read more
DPWH to complete P114-M bypass road project in Iloilo this year
  • May 24, 2017
MANILA, May 24 -- A new by-pass road would soon be serviceable to lessen the traffic congestion within the highly urbanized roads of Iloilo City, providing more convenient trip for local residents and tourists. The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Regional Office 6 is presently undertaking the construction of four lanes Nabitasan – San Rafael Bypass Road in the amount of P114.461-million to shorten the travel time from Iloilo City downtown area to Benigno S. Aquino, Jr. Avenue by ten (10) to fifteen (15) minutes. The project involves the construction of 834 lineal meters...Read more
"No helmet, no travel policy" strictly implemented in Catanduanes town
  • May 24, 2017
VIRAC, Catanduanes, May 22 (PIA) -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) San Andres has since within this month strictly enforced the “No Helmet, No Travel” policy in the municipality to prevent serious head injuries and worst, death among riders of motorcycles in time of accidents.   According to PNP San Andres acting chief of police  SInsp. Jonnel N. Averilla, the implementation is pursuant to Republic Act 10054 known as “Motorcycle Helmet Act of 2009”, an act mandating all motorcycle riders to wear standard protective motorcycle helmets while driving.   He further...Read more