Butuan City- In response to the crisis faced by the region relating to El Nino, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Caraga, through the Disaster Risk Reduction and Response Operations Unit (DRRROU), is now closely monitoring the areas affected.

As reported by the Department of Agriculture (DA), there are three (3) provinces, 13 municipalities, and two (2) cities hit by the Dry Spell.

A total of 3,795 farmers all over Caraga are set to be assisted by the Department through Cash/Food for Work assistance. This is to be delivered in partnership with the DA and the Local Government Units (LGUs).

As to date, DSWD’s staff in the field are verifying the data provided by DA for the provision of the mentioned assistance.

The DRRROU is closely monitoring the affected farmers with the assistance of the City/Municipal Social Welfare and Development Offices (C/MSWDOs).

Regional Director Minda B. Brigoli assured that the DSWD-Caraga is always ready to respond to the possible needs of the families affected and it has available resources anytime augmentation and technical assistance are needed by the LGUs.

“The data provided by the respective City/Municipal Agriculture Offices to the DA manifest an increasing rate of farm land which are not spared from the Dry Spell,” said Brigoli.

“Along with the rest of the Government, DSWD recognizes the urgency of responding to the situation of hunger affecting the poor in many parts of the country,” she concluded. ###(Social Marketing Unit/DSWD Field Office Caraga)