DSWD Swiftly Responds to Family Fire Victims in Davao City

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has swiftly sprung into action following a devastating fire incident in Barangay Leon Garcia, Davao City, that left more than 300 families homeless. DSWD Secretary, Rex Gatchalian, promptly instructed the Davao Regional Director, Vanessa Goc-Ong, to coordinate immediate relief efforts.

According to initial reports from the DSWD Field Office-11, 357 families or roughly 1,428 individuals were affected by the fire. However, personnel are currently on the ground conducting interviews to validate these numbers.

dswd assists families in Davao City fire

Coordinating with Local Government

As of the latest updates, Director Goc-Ong has been working closely with the local government unit (LGU) of Davao City. The aim is to augment resources and meet the immediate needs of the fire-stricken families.

Initial Reports and Ground Work

  • Preliminary reports from the DSWD Field Office-11 (Davao Region) indicate that the fire has impacted approximately 357 families, equating to around 1,428 individuals.
  • Field office personnel are currently on-site, conducting interviews to ascertain the precise number of affected individuals.

Ready to Assist

DSWD Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs, Irene Dumlao, who holds additional roles as the agency’s data privacy officer and co-spokesperson, reaffirmed the DSWD’s commitment to provide the necessary aid. She stated that the Field Office-11 stands prepared to step in and assist the LGU in fulfilling the food and other essential requirements of the fire survivors.

Aligning with Secretary Gatchalian’s directive to promptly aid those affected by disasters, the Field Office is currently preparing a series of relief supplies.

Stockpiles and Standby Funds

The DSWD Davao Regional office holds an impressive inventory of relief supplies, with a value exceeding PHP86 million. These resources are immediately available for disaster mitigation operations.

This rapid and coordinated response showcases the DSWD’s commitment to assist communities in times of crisis. As relief efforts continue, the DSWD remains focused on providing immediate assistance and support to the fire-affected families in Davao City.

Purpose of DSWD Philippines

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is the lead agency of the Philippine government responsible for providing social welfare services to the Filipino people. Its mission is to empower and improve the lives of individuals, families, and communities through effective social welfare programs.

With its vision of a society that nurtures self-reliant, socially responsible and caring individuals, DSWD works towards fulfilling its mandate of promoting social protection and poverty reduction.

That is why Filipinos can rely on this government agency whenever they need help, especially in times of disaster and crisis. DSWD is always ready to respond swiftly and efficiently to provide aid and assistance to those in need, exemplifying its commitment to serve the Filipino people.


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