MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, Feb. 18 (PIA) - In the first quarter of last year, owing to the lingering impact of supertyphoon Yolanda, the provincial social welfare and development office (PSWDO) here had disbursed funds amounting to P1.248 million for 416 families.

In addition, some 930 families were given food assistance or cash for work in the amount of P 279,396, and for the whole year 2014, the province spent P2.032 million to 1,032 individuals to answer for various needs like medicine, laboratory expenses, and medical procedure or operation.

This was one of the highlights Gov. Roger Mercado reported last week over the new cable TV weekly series entitled "Provincial Report" held at the Rizal Hall, or second floor of the provincial capitol building.

"In the aftermath of typhoons Basyang and Ruby, we distributed food packs amounting to P1.681 Million to 35,511 families who took shelter in our evacuation centers," Gov. Mercado said.

He said he was glad that despite the calamities that hit the region "our province has been spared from any human casualty," citing the efforts exerted by the provincial risk reduction management council.

"Our success in this department is a joint effort and I enjoin each and every one of you to continue to be vigilant, to be pro-active so we can sustain our zero casualty track record," Mercado stressed.

Aside from typhoon-related assistance, Mercado also mentioned the Enhanced Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation program of the national DSWD coursed through the PSWDO, in the amount of P 5.883 Million released to 1,659 individuals all over the province.

To help equip the labor force with the required skills to be gainfully employed, the PSWDO conducted various skills and technical training which benefitted 364 individuals. The cost in the conduct of activities was P264,968.00.

"We continue to implement various programs and projects geared toward improving the welfare of our constituents, including Women Welfare Programs, Children Welfare Programs, Senior Citizens Program, Family Welfare Programs, Gender Sensitivity and Population Control," Mercado said. (ajc/mmp/PIA8-Southern Leyte)