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MANILA, Philippines – A total of P181,300,409 in aid has been granted to Mindanao residents affected by the depression of a low pressure area (LPA) as of Tuesday, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said.

Aid has been distributed to 1,484,684 affected individuals or 414,959 families in Davao Region, Soccskargen, Caraga and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), according to the DSWD progress report released at 6 a.m.

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The report further states that, among the affected individuals, the department is still monitoring the situation of more than 300,000 displaced people, with 23,112 of them residing in the 106 evacuation centers in the four regions.

Among these displaced people, 401 are children and 66 are pregnant women.

The progress report adds that the LPA depression, which dissipated on February 3, completely damaged 665 houses and partially damaged 937 more in the 816 affected barangays (villages).

According to the situation report of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, the aid provided to affected Mindanao residents includes family food packages, medicines, hygiene kits and water, among others.

Incessant rains caused by the LPA Valley triggered a deadly landslide in a mining village in Maco town in Davao de Oro on February 6, killing at least 55 people, according to the latest figures from the local government.

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The DSWD said in a statement on Monday that to help console the grieving families of the landslide victims, the department's social workers in the Davao region are conducting grief counseling.

DSWD chief Rex Gatchalian also assured the people of Mindanao that they will receive all necessary assistance, including financial aid and psychosocial intervention.


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The department's progress report noted that there are still relief resources worth P3 billion available in the coffers of the DSWD.



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