DSWD gives food to 627,000 families

Published May 4, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Charissa Luci-Atienza

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has provided P264.13 million worth of food packs to over 627,000 families nationwide.

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Department of Social Welfare and Development (MANILA BULLETIN)

Based on the DSWD-Disaster Response Operations and Monitoring Information Center (DROMIC) report, as of 6 p.m. of May 3, a total of 627,012 family food packs (FFPs) have been distributed to 15 regions.

Based on the DROMIC report, the total cost of relief assistance increased to P9.27 billion. The LGUs and non-government organizations (NGOs) provided P8.71 billion and P270.51 million in relief aid, respectively, while P264.13 million came from DSWD.

The report said the DSWD has stockpiles worth about P984.96 million and P294.92 million standby funds.

Of the P294.92 million standby funds, P258.51 million is the Central Office’s available Quick Response Fund (QRF). While, the available funds at the Field Offices amounted to P36.41 million.

The DROMIC report said said a total of 384,727 FFPs worth P157.98 million are available for distribution.

The breakdown of the P984.96 million stockpiles is as follows: P477.77 million worth of non-food items and P349.21 million worth of food items.

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.

Of the FFPs distributed nationwide, a total of 165,500 FFPs were given to affected families in the National Capital Region (NCR), followed by Region XI (Davao), 75,237; Region V (Bicol), 63, 451;Region VII(Central Visayas), 52,540; Region IV-A (Calabarzon), 48,835; Region IX (Zamboanga Peninsula), 44, 305; Region I (Ilocos), 44,130; Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), 35, 040; Region VI (Western Visayas), 24,440; Region II (Cagayan Valley) , 22,773; Region III (Central Luzon), 22, 368; Region XII (Soccksargen), 13,826; CARAGA, 7,000; Region IV-B (Mimaropa), 6,550; and Region VIII (Eastern Visayas), 17.

“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”.