Relief goods already in Region 1 and 2 — DSWD

October 22, 2009 11:16 pm 

MANILA, Oct. 23 — Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Esperanza I. Cabral said that the agency has already sent additional relief goods to Region 1 and 2 which typhoon “Ramil” is expected to batter this weekend.

Cabral said that foods and other relief items have been trucked to the provinces in the two regions as early as Oct. 18.

She said that this is to insure that the government will have sufficient foods and other relief materials for the persons who will be displaced by the typhoon.

Cabral also said that the DSWD is also in the process of sending more relief items to boost up its stocks at its field offices in Region 1 and 2.

Region 1 consist of the provinces of Ilocos Norte. Ilocos Sur, Pangasinan, La Union, and Pangasinan while Region 2 is composed of Batanes, Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, and Quirino.

Cabral also said that the government is now starting to help the farmers whose crops and fields were inundated by the floods and heavy rains brought about by typhoons that struck the country last month.

She added that more assistance for these affected individuals will be provided by the national government in the coming days.

The DSWD chair earlier stated that overseas donations for typhoon victims are exempted from all taxes and duties provided these are consigned to DSWD.

Cabral added that there are non-government organizations (NGOs) accredited by the relief agency to receive tax-free relief commodities. A complete list of these accredited NGOs can be accessed from the DSWD website, www.dswd.gov.ph.

The DSWD manages the National Resource Operations Center (NROC) which serves as the national facility for storage and handling of all donations and relief goods and commodities of DSWD.

It serves as venue for stripping and opening container vans of goods donated to DSWD or to NGOs; and for repacking and safekeeping of goods until shipped or transferred to final destination. (PNA)

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