By Alexandria San Juan
While the country continues to experience Tropical Depression “Domeng,” the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) remains on alert to provide assistance for affected residents and families.
“The DSWD’s quick response teams are ready to respond to a disaster situation. The Department’s Field Offices are also constantly coordinating with the affected LGUs for any assistance they might need,” Social Welfare acting Secretary Virgina Orogo said
As part of their preparations, the Department said they now has “stockpiles and standby funds” amounting to P1,156,263,394.9 with a total of P207,946,798.85 “standby funds” in the Central Office and Field Offices.
Of the said amount, P165,181,069 is the available Quick Response Fund in the Central Office, while a total of 485,636 Family Food Packs (FFPs) amounting to P169,742,460.28, and Food and Non-food Items (FNIs) amounting to P778,574,135.7 are now available for augmentation to affected local government units.
Yesterday, the DSWD Field Office 10 in Northern Mindanao has activated its Quick Response Team in preparation for the possible effects of “Domeng.”
Supplies of food and non-food items to provinces of Camiguin and Misamis Occidental, and in Iligan City were already prepared.
As of writing, the field office has prepositioned a total of 64,000 family food packs and has a standby fund of P3 million as its augmentation to the local government units responding to disaster operations.
Meanwhile, the regional office stated that it has been closely monitoring and coordinating with local disaster risk reduction management offices of local government units of Northern Mindanao.#