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Quick Response Team (QRT) at DSWD-Caraga Conference Hall, Butuan City with Regional Director Minda B. Brigoli discussing the initial results of the monitoring

Butuan City- The members of the Quick Response Team (QRT) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Caraga continue to monitor on 24-hour alert status the areas affected by Tropical Depression ‘Onyok’.

Regional Director Minda B. Brigoli directed to activate the QRT last December 17, 2015 after Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) raised Signal 1 to all the provinces in the region because of ‘Onyok’.

As of 6:00 am today, the QRT has monitored 24 barangays affected and 28 evacuation centers are operating in the region. These are from the municipalities of Sta.Josefa, Lapaz, San Jose, San Benito, Cagwait, Hinatuan, Lingig, Marihatag, and Bislig City.

A total of 1,336 families with 5,919 individuals are now in the evacuation centers.

One (1) totally damaged house is reported in Pilar, Surigao del Norte.

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Provincial Action Team (PAT) in Agusan del Sur, led by Social Welfare Officer II Michael Andohuyan, provides reports to the regional office regarding the affected areas in their area of responsibility.

Real time reports are provided by DSWD field staff who are members of the Provincial, City, and Municipal Action Teams (P/C/MATs) and Social Welfare and Development (SWAD) teams.

As of reporting time, all Public Storm Warning Signals in the region were lifted. However, Caraga region is experiencing cloudy skies with isolated rain showers.

DSWD P/C/MATs are still on duty in their respective areas to continuously monitor the status of the evacuees in their areas to provide real time reports. ###(Social Marketing Unit/DSWD Field Office Caraga)


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