DSWD to provide stress debriefing after Davao blast
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will aid the local government of Davao City in assisting those affected by the deadly explosion that hit the city late Friday evening, September 2.
DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo said the agency's social workers will conduct stress debriefing for the survivors and families of victims. They will also coordinate with local government authorities on additional measures that need to be taken.
Sympathizing with the victims, Taguiwalo said the department will continue to monitor the situation in Davao City, as well as the rest of the country, following President Rodrigo Duterte's declaration of a state of lawlessness.
At least 14 were killed and over 60 others injured after an explosion in Davao City's busy night market along Roxas Avenue on Friday.
The DSWD said the local government has been in charge of assisting the victims. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio earlier committed to providing for the hospitalization and burial expenses of the victims.
The President has cancelled his scheduled trip to Brunei to monitor the situation in Davao City, where he was mayor for 20 years. The deadly explosion has been linked to the Mindanao-based terrorist group Abu Sayyaf. – Rappler.com