By Charissa Luci-Atienza
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has distributed almost 827,000 Family Food Packs (FFPs) worth P348.41 million in 16 regions.
Based on the DSWD-Disaster Response Operations Monitoring and Information Center (DROMIC) report, as of 6 a.m., May 18, a total of 826, 858 FFPs worth P348.41 million have been given to families affected by tropical storm “Ambo” and by the continued imposition of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
Of the FFPs distributed nationwide, a total of 210,473 FFPs were given to affected families in the National Capital Region (NCR), followed by Region XI (Davao), 85, 042; Region VII (Central Visayas), 84, 328; Region V (Bicol), 77, 724; Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), 74,580; Region IV-A (Calabarzon), 57,491; Region I (Ilocos), 45, 500; Region IX (Zamboanga Peninsula), 45, 220; Region III (Central Luzon), 38,830; Region II (Cagayan Valley), 32,675; Region VI (Western Visayas), 24, 440; Region XII (Soccksargen), 14, 426; Caraga, 11,300; Region IV-B (Mimaropa), 12,716; Region VIII (Eastern Visayas), 7, 613; and Region X (Northern Mindanao), 4,500.
The DROMIC report showed that the total cost of relief assistance increased to P12.05 billion, P348. 41million of which has been extended by the DSWD.
While, the LGUs and non-government organizations (NGOs) provided P11.30 billion and P371.75 million in relief aid, respectively.
A total of P29.27 million has been donated by other sources, making the total cost of assistance to P12.05 billion, the DROMIC report noted.
According to DROMIC, the DSWD has standby funds amounting to P524.3 million. These include P484.85 million Quick Response Fund (QRF) of the Central Office, and P39.45 million funds available at the Field Offices.
Based on the latest DROMIC report, the DSWD has stockpiles worth about P926.71 million. These include P483.69 million worth of non-food items and P264.9 million worth of other food items.
The report said a total of 396, 025 Family Food Packs (FFPs) worth P178.12 million are available for distribution.
DSWD Spokesperson Irene Dumlao on Saturday disclosed that the agency has requested additional P662 million budget from the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to replenish its depleting Quick Response Funds (QRFs) to assist the areas hit by tropical storm “Ambo” as well to augment relief support to areas which remain lockdown.
“We requested DBM for the replenishment of Quick Response Fund in the amount of P662 million,” she told reporters in a Viber message.
“It is a standard practice to replenish QRF. We request when fund is half depleted,” Dumlao noted.
She explained that since QRF is a standby fund used to cover relief and rehabilitation in cases of disasters and calamities, it can be tapped to provide relief assistance to typhoon victims and those affected by the government’s continued imposition of enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
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.