CITY OF MALOLOS – Secretary Rex Gatchalian of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on Saturday met with Bulacan Governor Daniel Fernando at the DSWD Office in Quezon City to discuss the needs of affected families and other assistance needed to alleviate the present situation in the province.
Among the agreed aid to be given are additional relief goods and provision of financial assistance, thus the approval of Emergency Cash Transfer (ECT) to be given to indigent population from the 17 towns and four cities that are still submerged under flood water.
The said provision of ECT was mandated by President Ferdinand “Bongbong” R.Marcos, Jr., who is set to visit the province this Monday to personally assess the current situations in Pampanga and Bulacan.
To help identify the beneficiaries of ECT, prompt coordination from the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office to Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) then to DSWD Region 3 must be conducted.
Fernando expressed his appreciation and gratitude to PBBM and Gatchalian for their timely support and assistance to Bulakenyos.
“Nakakataba po ng puso na ang ating maagang pagbangon para dumalo sa isang pagpupulong ngayong araw ay naging mabunga sa tulong ng ating itinuturing na kalalawigan at may tunay na puso sa paglilingkod, ang aking kaibigang DSWD Sec. Rex Gatchalian. Bukod po sa relief goods, tayo ay pagkakalooban ng financial assistance sa lalong madaling panahon para sa mga labis na napinsala ng mga bagyo at pagbaha,” the People’s Governor said.
Also present during the meeting were Undersecretary Diana Rose S. Cajipe, MD, FPOGS, Assistant Secretary Marlon A. Alagao from Disaster Response Management Group, Assistant Secretary Ulysses C Aguilar, PSWDO Head Rowena Joson-Tiongson and Provincial Information Officer Katrina Anne Bernardo-Balingit.
Meanwhile, according to the report prepared by Provincial Agriculture Officer Ma. Gloria SF. Carrillo, Bulacan has accumulated a total of P244,410,675.71 damages on agriculture and fisheries while Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Voltaire G. Basinang reported a total of P24,260,800.00 damages to livestock and poultry due to Southwest Monsoon and Typhoons Egay and Falcon.