Guinobatan, Albay
June 14, 2023

As the volcanic activity in Mount Mayon continues to increase and affect thousands of families within surrounding communities, President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. personally checked the situation of displaced families in the Municipality of Guinobatan during his visit to Albay.

As of 14 June 2023, around 877 families or 2,972 individuals are temporarily taking shelter at the Guinobatan Community College evacuation center. During the activity, the President distributed family food packs to these affected families.

According to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) – Disaster Response Operations Monitoring and Information Center (DROMIC), the total humanitarian assistance distributed to communities as of 13 June 2023 have already reached PhP32,976,465.72. These are from the DSWD, local government units (LGUs), non-government organizations (NGOs) and other partners.

DSWD Secretary Rex Gatchalian said that the government is also considering the possible distribution of cash assistance to families in evacuation centers, on top of the food packs already provided to them.

Addressing the evacuees, the President told them to not hesitate in asking for their other needs, as the government remains relentless in ensuring that appropriate response will be provided to them.

“Tinitignan namin na yung response ng national government ay sapat at makausap din kayo na mga evacuees kung ano ang inyong mga pangangailangan,” the Chief Executive stated in his remarks.

Following his evacuation center visit, President Marcos Jr. is expected to hold a situation briefing to hear from various government agencies and LGUs regarding the recent developments on Mayon Volcano.

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