DSWD assures relief efforts underway for all quake victims
MANILA -- Department of Social Welfare and Secretary (DSWD) Secretary Dinky Soliman said they are exerting all efforts to reach all towns affected by Tuesday's magnitude 7.2 quake.
In an interview with ANC on Saturday, Soliman said they have distributed nearly 100,000 food packs in various barangays in Bohol.
Bohol, where the epicenter of the massive quake was located, was the worst hit area.
There are reports politicking has hampered relief operations in some quake-hit areas.
Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Mar Roxas earlier said some quake victims have yet to receive food packs even if the DSWD has already allotted relief goods for them.
Roxas reminded mayors and barangay officials not to be selective in providing relief aid.
"Panahon po ng sakuna ito. Sineseryoso po natin yung paghahatid ng tulong, pagtugon sa pangangailangan ng ating mga kababayan. Huwag ho natin haluan ng pulitika ito," he said.
For those who have yet to receive aid, Soliman said they can contact the DSWD hotline: 0920-946-3766.
Texters should give their name and specific location, and the DSWD will try to get help to them.
The death toll from Tuesday's quake has already risen to 175, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).
Of the fatalities, 162 were from Bohol, 12 from Cebu and one from Siquijor.
The NDRRMC said at least 487 people were injured in the quake: 393 in Bohol, 89 in Cebu, 3 in Siquijor, 1 in Negros Oriental and 1 in Iloilo.