DSWD gives 284,000 family food packs

Published April 7, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Charissa Luci-Atienza

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has provided P108.5 million relief assistance nationwide, distributing more than 284,000 Family Food Packs (FFPs) in 11 regions.

As of 6 a.m. of April 7, Tuesday, a total of 284,614 FFPs have been distributed to the local government units (LGUs) as augmentation support, bulk of which was provided in the National Capital Region (NCR) according to the DSWD.

Of the FFPs distributed nationwide, a total of 112,400 FFPs were given in the NCR, followed by Region XI (Davao), 45,298; Region V (Bicol), 38, 282; Region IV-A (Calabarzon), 30,690; Region I (Ilocos), 20,000; Region III (Central Luzon), 16,098, and Region VI (Western Visayas),10,250.

The total cost of relief assistance has reached P3.4 billion. The DSWD extended P108.5 million, while the LGUs and non-government organizations (NGOs) provided P3.25 billion. Non-government organizations (NGOs) P21.03 million worth of assistance, respectively.
A total of P21.67 million has been donated by other sources.

The report said the DSWD has stockpiles worth about P753.3 million and P612.27 million in standby funds. The breakdown of the P753.3 million stockpiles is as follows: P376.61 million worth of non-food items and P217.39 million worth of food items.

Of the P612.27 million standby funds, P574.59 million is the Central Office’s available Quick Response Fund (QRF), and P37.68 million is available at the field offices, it said.

The DSWD also reported that a total of 421,238 FFPs worth P159.3 million are available for distribution.

Each FFP contains six kilos of rice, four cans of sardines, four cans of corned beef or beef loaf, and six sachets of coffee or cereal energy drink which is enough for two days for a family with five members, the DSWD said.

“The provision of additional relief items is part of the Department’s mandate to provide Technical Assistance and Resource Augmentation (TARA) to LGUs during times of emergencies,” it said.

The DSWD earlier assured the LGUs that it delivers the relief aid “in a timely manner”.