TACLOBAN CITY – The regional office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) distributed cash assistance to members of the indigenous people community in Bato, Leyte who were affected by typhoon ‘Paeng’.

At least 53 families received the cash assistance worth P5,000 personally distributed by DSWD Regional Director Grace Subong.

They also received food and non-food items like family food packs, kitchen, sleeping, hygiene kits, and 10-meter laminated tarpaulin.

Aside from the Badjao community, the DSWD-8 also distributed relief assistance to other typhoon-affected families in Bato town, one of the hard-hit areas in Leyte due to Paeng.
Among those who received food and non-food items from the DSWD were the 63 families from the villages of Anahawan and Tagaytay whose houses were totally damaged.

The agency had already distributed 6,450 family food packs and 880 non-food items worth more than P4.825 million to the municipality of Bato.

Moreover, the agency had augmented more than family food packs to local government units in the region that were affected by the typhoon.

These towns include Lope de Vega, Rosario, and Catarman, all in Northern Samar; Jipapad, Oras, and Arteche in Eastern Samar; Bato, Hilongos, Hindang, Inopacan, Mahaplag, and cities of Baybay and Ormoc in Leyte; and towns of Bontoc and Limasawa, both in Southern Leyte; and towns of Naval and Kawayan in Biliran province.