By Charissa Luci-Atienza
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has prepositioned relief goods in Bicol Region and other areas that will be affected by tropical depression “Ambo”, even as it assured the public that it has stockpiles worth about P958 million and P244.9 million standby funds.
DSWD Spokesperson Irene Dumlao said bracing for the landfall of “Ambo” on Thursday (May 14), the agency has readied its standby funds and relief supplies composed of food and non-food items.
“We have prepositioned goods and standby funds.QRTs (quick response teams) have been alerted and coordination with LGUs has been established,” she told the Manila Bulletin when asked about the DSWD’s preparations, as the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) cited the possibility that “Ambo” will intensify into a tropical storm before making a landfall on Thursday afternoon or early evening.
She noted that as of 6 p.m. May 11, a total of 418, 493 Family Food Packs (FFPs) worth P183.47 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.
Dumlao said aside from FFPs, the DSWD has stockpiles of P496.5 million worth of non-food relief items and P278 million worth of other food items.
The total standy funds and stockpiles amounted to P1.20 billion, Dumlao said.
She said the DSWD Central Office has standby funds amounting to P199.91 million.
She noted that DSWD-Field Office V (Bicol) has P3 million standby funds and stockpiles amounting to P36.6 million.
Dumlao explained that the provision of additional relief items is part of the DSWD’s mandate to provide Technical Assistance and Resource Augmentation (TARA) to LGUs during times of emergencies.