DSWD Bicol personnel, together with the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office of Manito check on the victims of a collapsed bridge in Manito, Albay.


LEGAZPI CITY – In the wake of the recent incident in Manito, Albay, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Bicol, in close partnership with the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Manito, Albay, facilitated a compassionate mission to provide vital assistance and psychosocial support to the affected victims of a foot bridge that collapsed, with 17 students who suffered injuries and trauma.


Following the unfortunate event, DSWD Bicol, under the leadership of Regional Director Norman S. Laurio, immediately mobilized its team to extend much-needed aid to the affected families.


Recognizing the urgency of the situation, the team conducted thorough home visits and psychosocial interventions to assess the needs of the affected individuals and families, provided tailored-fit support to their unique circumstances.


With a deep commitment to holistic recovery, DSWD Bicol’s efforts transcend mere relief provision, aiming to foster a more supportive environment conducive to the victims’ healing journey.


The bridge that collapsed mean that these students and all the others residing in Barangay Kawit, will again have to face the burden of travelling by a small row boat to be able to get to the town proper. With this, DSWD Field Office 5 will be providing them medical and educational assistance through its Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) Program.


This initiative seeks to mitigate the additional financial strain imposed by the incident, ensuring that education remains accessible.


Additionally, the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO) – Manito has pledged further financial assistance through the LGU’s local AICS Program, underscoring the collective commitment to supporting the affected individuals and families during their time of need.


The Department’s Disaster Response Management Division (DRMD) has also implemented specialized psychosocial interventions, particularly focusing on the youngest victim, Paco, aged four, to address his unique emotional needs and facilitate his recovery process.


These coordinated efforts from various agencies, community organizations, and educational institutions exemplify the indomitable spirit and solidarity embedded within the community during times of adversity. Through a compassionate and personalized approach, DSWD Bicol aims to empower the affected individuals and families on their journey toward healing and resilience with extra love and extra care.


As DSWD Bicol continues to extend its unwavering support to the affected communities, the agency remains resolute in its commitment to providing timely and effective assistance, ensuring that no one is left behind in their times of need.#