Butuan City– To date, a total cost of Php 4,092,419.92 which includes 15,233 pieces of family packs were augmented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office Caraga to the 16 municipalities in the region.

The relief goods were augmented to the following municipalities, namely as: Las Nieves, Jabonga, RTR, Tubay, and Butuan City for the Agusan del Norte Province, Bunawan of Agusan del Sur Province, the municipalities of Basilisa, Libjo, Tubajon. San Jose, Cagdiano, Loreto and Dinagat for the Province of Dinagat Islands. The municipality of Mainit and Surigao City of Surigao del Norte Province also requested augmentation of relief goods, while the only the municipality of Tago requested for augmentation in Surigao del Sur Province.

In addition, DSWD Caraga has provided burial and cash assistance amounting to Php 70,000.00 to the families of 6 reported dead and 2 injured in the municipality of Cagdiano, Province of Dinagat Islands.

Assistant Regional Director for Operation Mita Gupana-Lim said that the Department is ready to augment relief goods at any given time to support the request of Local Government Units (LGUs).

The Province of Agusan del Norte in now under state of Calamity due to the continuous rain brought by Tropical Depression Agaton that caused floods in most areas in the province.

DSWD Caraga Quick Response Team (QRT) will render 24 hours duty. Municipal Action Team (MAT) leaders, community-based workers and other project-based staff are already mobilized to continuously monitor for updates on the situation in their respective areas. ### (Social Marketing Unit/ Stella Maris V. Barcelon)