DSWD reports P1.25 B in stockpiles, available funds

Published October 3, 2020, 3:41 PM

by Charissa Luci-Atienza 

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has reported that it has available stockpiles and standby funds amounting to over P1.25 billion for relief operations.

Based on the latest DSWD-Disaster Response Operations Monitoring and Information Center (DROMIC) report as of 6 a.m. Saturday, the agency has standby funds amounting to P546.88 million and has available stockpiles worth P712.99 million for relief operations.

Of the P546.88-million standby fund, P509.42 million is allotted for Quick Response Fund (QRF) and P37.46 million is available at the Field Offices.

According to the DROMIC report, the DSWD has stockpiles worth about P712.99 million. These include P390.47 million worth of non-food items and P222.60-million worth of other food items.

The report said around 219,202 Family Food Packs (FFPs) worth P99.92 million are available for distribution.

The DSWD said so far, it has distributed around 2,028, 422 FFPs nationwide, bulk of which were given in the National Capital Region (NCR) with 360,388 and Region 7 (Central Visayas) with 325, 933.

It noted that the total cost of relief assistance stood at P1.55 billion, P1.04 billion of which has been extended by the DSWD.

Non-government organizations (NGOs) provided P474.34 million.

Some P31.84 million have been donated by other sources, making the total cost of assistance to P1.55 billion, it said.

DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista had assured the public that all the national government agencies sitting at the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), including the DSWD, are in touch to ensure a “unified government approach” in responding to any disasters and calamities, like typhoons.