Mayon residents receive face masks for protection against ash particles
ALBAY, Philippines – Social workers said there are not enough masks for everyone and that those who did not get a mask are advised to use a wet towel as an alternative.
“It’s important to wear these masks because the ash will enter your lungs and affect your health. You can get asthma. The dust can cause allergies to act up,” DSWD social worker, Jocelyn Arcanio said.
Residents were told to wear face masks to avoid inhaling ash and toxic volcanic material. The face masks were donated by an non-governmental organization that shipped them from Manila.
Meanwhile, it is still business as usual for villages covered in layers of ash, with residents saying they are used to the volcano’s eruptions.
Some could be seen wearing face masks, going to the market and washing away the dirt.
“Mount Mayon has always been like that. It won’t have a major eruption because it already exhausted its heat. Camalig residents are used to this kind of life when Mount Mayon acts up like that,” resident Malon Nusheri said.
“It’s so hard because we used our own money to farm and now it’s all gone because the volcano destroyed it. The rich have it better because they have the capital to recover. We don’t. Our cows almost died back there because of the ash. That could have cost us our livelihood,” displaced farmer Joseph Natorcabe said.
More than 80,000 had fled from villages within an 8-km (5-mile) danger zone around Mount Mayon and farm animals were also evacuated to temporary pastures.
State volcanologists said a major eruption is possible anytime although the crisis may last for as long as 3 months. – Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue
DSWD to assist LGUs hit by STS Maring
MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said it is prepared to assist local government units (LGUs) hit by Severe Tropical Storm ‘Maring’.
Based on the October 12 report, the DSWD still has P1.06 billion stockpiles and standby funds, where more than P133 million is the available standby funds in the DSWD Central Office and its Field Offices (FOs).
The department also added that a total of 381,893 family food packs (FFPs) are prepositioned in strategic locations around the country.
The DSWD reported that, 762 families or 2,536 persons are currently taking temporary shelter in 58 evacuation centers in the said regions.
The Department’s Quick Response Teams in the affected regions remain on alert status to work with concerned LGUs in assisting their constituents. AAC
DSWD mourns passing of former Secretary Dinky Soliman
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has expressed its condolences to the family of former Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Juliano-Soliman who passed away Sunday, September 19.
In a statement, the DSWD looked back on how Soliman was as their chief.
“Secretary Dinky, as she was fondly called by her colleagues and employees of the DSWD, was a brilliant social worker and a devoted champion of social change,” the statement said.
Soliman was at the helm of the DSWD in two administrations. The first was during the term of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and the second was under the administration of President Benigno Aquino III.
She was at the forefront in the implementation of various DSWD programs, “one of which was the development and operationalization of the Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS.”
Under Soliman, the DSWD championed the enactment of milestone laws, among which are the Magna Carta of Social Workers, Magna Carta for Women, and Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act.
“The DSWD family will truly miss Secretary Dinky. Apart from her notable accomplishments for the Department, she will also be remembered for her sunflower greetings,” the statement further read.
Ex-DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman passes away at 68
MANILA, Philippines — Former Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Juliano-Soliman passed away Sunday morning, September 19. She was 68.
Soliman passed away at 7:32 am due to complications from renal and heart failure.
She was last seen in public at the necrological services of former President Benigno Aquino III last June.
Soliman held the position as DSWD chief twice: first during the term of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and the second, under the presidency of Aquino.
Prior to joining the government, Soliman was a known civic society leader and activist, being with various non-governmental organizations that take care of poor, underprivileged communities.
Soliman obtained her bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of the Philippines Diliman. She earned her master’s degree in public administration at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.