DSWD 7 calls for volunteers to help prepare food packs for 'Ruby' victims

December 7, 2014 1:29 pm 

CEBU CITY, Dec. 7 — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) 7 has called for volunteers to help prepare some 100,000 family food packs for distribution to communities hit by typhoon "Ruby" in the region.

Volunteers may report to the Cebu International Convention Center (CICC) in Mandaue City.

The 100,000 family food packs are worth Php16.3 million.

The DSWD has readied 26,449 family food packs worth Php9.3 million in the agency’s warehouses, said DSWD 7 public information officer Leah Quintana.

About Php11.8 million worth of blankets, towels, water containers, shirts, underwear, kitchen utensils, sleeping mats, mosquito nets and children’s clothes are also available for possible distribution to affected communities.

Quintana said Bohol has 6,000 family food packs worth Php2,004 each containing six kilos of rice, eight canned goods, eight packs of instant noodles and eight packs of instant coffee.

DSWD 7 Assistant Director for Operations Shalaine Lucero said they have sent food packs to Camotes Island and Bantayan Island, which remain under storm signal number 2.

“We have positioned goods in Bohol, Negros Oriental and other LGUs (local government units) in Cebu,” Lucero said.

Aside from the stockpile, Bohol has Php4.5 million worth of food items to be used in relief operations.

She said Negros Oriental and Siquijor have a combined Php991,125 worth of food and other items available for distribution.

Kerwin Macopa of DSWD 7 said that DSWD has a Php60-million budget for typhoon "Ruby" relief operations and that the repacking of the bulk of relief goods is being done in Cebu, as the relief operation’s hub. (PNA)

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