DSWD readies P800-M standby fund for typhoon response

Published September 12, 2018, 1:24 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Alexandria Dennise San Juan

Following forecasts on typhoon Mangkhut that will hit the country, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has readied over P800 million standby funds to respond to the needs of those who will be affected by the weather disturbance.


In the latest weather forecast of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, the typhoon with international name Mangkhut is expected to enter the country Wednesday and will be referred to as “Ompong.”

The DSWD Central Office, field offices, and the National Resource Operations Center (NROC) already have stockpiles of aids and stand by funds available.

As of now, DSWD has a total of P872,003,147 standby funds to ensure its readiness in responding to the possible effects of the strong typhoon.

A total of 356,349 family food packs (FFPs) amounting to P118,947,645.65 and available food and nonfood items worth to P710,825,555 have also been readied by the department.

Undersecretary Hope Hervilla of the DSWD Disaster Response Management Group (DRMG) said they already prepositioned these goods in all regions while additional aids were provided to Region 2 Field Office which will be affected by the typhoon.

The department transported on Tuesday the additional goods including 5,000 family food packs, 1,000 hygiene kits; 1,000 family kits, and 1,000 sleeping kits.

Aside from the kits, Hervilla said that nearby regions are also ready to provide augmentation support in case more relief goods will be needed by the affected regions.

Meanwhile, Social Welfare Secretary Virginia Orogo said concerned quick response teams of the department are now on alert for possible augmentation to disaster-affected areas.

“We are also closely monitoring the disaster events and report updates from PAG-ASA,” she said, adding that they are continuously collaborating with other government units to ensure holistic disaster response.