DSWD assures enough relief for areas to be hit by ‘Yolanda’

November 8, 2013 11:03 am 

MANILA, Nov. 8 — Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon J. Soliman said that relief packs of food good for at least three days were already distributed in evacuation centers in areas initially affected by super typhoon "Yolanda" even as she assured sufficient amount of relief goods for all the regions that will be affected by the howler.

According to Soliman, specifically about 24,450 family food packs were prepositioned in regions 6, 7, 8 and Caraga.

She also said relief packs were provided to in evacuations centers where evacuees were staying temporarily due to pre-emptive evacuation measure.

She also said that continuous repacking of food packs is on-going.

“The DSWD-National Resource Operations Center (NROC) is also repacking 25,000 family food packs for ready augmentation in addition to the 29,874 available food packs," Soliman added.

She also reiterated that the department has prepositioned emergency relief resources in the regions along the typhoon path amounting to P178.4 million consisting of P59.94 million standby funds, 89,260 family food packs worth P22.28 million, other food supplies and non-food items amounting to P96.16 million.

This includes the newly-released P30 million additional standby funds of P5 million each for Regions 4-A, 4-B, 5, 6, 7 and 10.

Soliman said all DSWD Field Offices are closely coordinating with the regional offices of other national government agencies for disaster response and relief operations.

“All DSWD Quick Response Teams (QRTs) and Social Welfare and Development (SWAD) Teams are on alert status ready to assist in the distribution of relief goods, management of evacuation centers, as well as in monitoring and assessing the extent of the disaster,” she added.(PNA)

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