DSWD providing psychosocial help to 'Ompong' survivors

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Posted at Sep 19 2018 01:05 PM | Updated as of Jan 08 2020 04:12 PM

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MANILA – Families in evacuation centers are being given psychosocial intervention to help them cope with the loss of their loved ones following typhoon-triggered landslides that hit areas in Itogon in Benguet.

Undersecretary Hope Hervilla of the Department of Social Welfare and Development's Response Management Group said psychosocial help is one form of assistance provided by the government to families affected by typhoon Ompong.

"Agad-agad tayong nag-organize ng psychology test team kasama na po ang social workers natin sa pagbibigay ng debriefing or stress management po natin," Hervilla said.

(We immediately organized a team, including our social workers who will give debriefing or stress management to families.)

Over 40 people were killed in five separate landslides in the town of Itogon, according to Benguet Police Chief, Senior Superintendent Lyndon Mencio.

She said the DSWD delivered hundreds of thousands of family food packs as well as hygiene kits to typhoon victims.

"Nakikipag-coordinate po tayo sa local government unit para maiayos po natin yung delivery of food packs natin at 'yung hygiene kits po," she said.

(We are now coordinating with the local government unit to efficiently deliver the food packs and hygiene kits.)

She said the DSWD would also be extending emergency shelter assistance to partially and totally damaged houses.

"Partially damaged houses, P10,000; and totally damaged natin is P30,000," she said. "We are now in the process of facilitating the budget for that."

They are also coordinating with international humanitarian assistance partners to help in providing immediate response to communities devastated by the typhoon.

Heavy rains dumped by the combined southwest monsoon and typhoon Ompong triggered landslides in different parts of the Cordilleras, burying dozens of residents alive last week.