DSWD provides assistance to earthquake victims in North Cotabato

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) provided assistance to victims of the recent earthquake in the province of North Cotabato, Mindanao.

DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista visited an evacuation center in the village of Meohao in Kidapawan City where hundreds of families from the mountains of Ilomavis were staying. The secretary assured them of the national government’s all-out support, particularly on the needs of the children and women.

Secretary Rolando Bautista cheers up children who were affected by the devastating earthquakes that jolted the province of North Cotabato.

Cezario Joel Espejo, DSWD-12 regional director, said the secretary played with the children, interacted with families as he checked their conditions and their tents following the series of earthquakes since October 16, 2019.

“He gave a group hug for the children before he left the evacuation camp. He is concerned with the plight of the children,” Espejo said.

Assuring the “unending support of the DSWD,” Espejo told the victims, “we are with you and will be there for you. I want to say God Bless North Cotabato.”

The DSWD’s quick response teams deployed in hard-hit areas of Tulunan, Magpet, Makilala, Kidapawan City and Arakan, have recorded nearly 33,000 families staying in 29 evacuation camps.

Espejo said the secretary was briefed about the updates of the agency’s ongoing humanitarian response to affected families.(Jeoffrey Maitem, DSWD)