DSWD mobilizes help to towns badly hit by Ulysses

Published November 12, 2020, 7:07 PM

by Charissa Luci-Atienza 

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has started mobilizing its resources to assist the local government units (LGUs) affected by typhoon “Ulysses”.


The DSWD said some 1,000 family food packs have been provided to Quezon City, while  2,000 FFPs and 400 sleeping kits have been given to Marikina City. 

It was the DSWD Field Office National Capital Region (NCR) that facilitated the release of such food and non-food items from the National Resource and Logistics Management Bureau. 

The agency reported that its FO IV-A (CALABARZON), which has available standby funds amounting to P3 million has transported  2,000 and 4,961 FFPs to Cardona, Rizal, and San Narciso, Quezon, respectively.

The DSWD,which is the lead agency in the Food and Non-Food Items Cluster of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), assured that it has more than P800 million worth of stockpiles and standby funds  to provide augmentation support to LGUs.

It said of the amount, “more than P226 million standby funds are available at the Central Office.”

The Department assured the public that “more than 282,000 FFPs and other food and Non-Food Items (NFIs) are prepositioned around the country.”

It said in Ilocos region, its FO I has prepared  9,192 FFPs and 14,129 NFIs. Apart from its stockpiles, it has available P6.6 million standby funds.

The DSWD also noted that more than 23,000 FFPs have been propositioned in Cagayan Valley by its  FO II, which has  available P1.16 million standby funds. “In addition, 872 FFPs were provided to fisherfolks of Sta. Teresita, Cagayan,” it said. 

It said its FO in Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) has readied its stockpiles of  11,686 FFPs and 52,364 NFIs and its P3.2 million available standby funds.

The DSWD said as of Nov. 12, its FO III (Central Luzon) has prepared a total of 4,562 FFPs worth about  P1.11 million, which are readily available at the regional at satellite warehouses.

“For the Bicol Region, which was severely hit by Typhoon Rolly, DSWD FO V has a total of 24,897 FFPs available at its warehouses, along with standby funds amounting to P3 million to augment response operations and P15 million for welfare goods provided by the DSWD CO,” it said in a statement.

“Additionally, 50,000 FFPs from the DSWD CO are in-transit, along with the additional procurement of 45,000 FFPs,” it added. 

DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista assured the public that that the DSWD as the lead agency of the  Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) Cluster, Food and Non-Food Item (FNFI) Cluster, and the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Protection Cluster under the National Disaster Response Plan (NDRP), is committed to provide “efficient and effective delivery of protective services to affected families and individuals.”

He said the Department is dedicated to continuously provide  “maagap at mapagkalingang serbisyo”, especially at this time of disasters.  

The DSWD said to ensure the effective management of evacuation centers, children and women friendly spaces are made available, and that minimum health standards are practiced, in coordination with the Department of Health (DOH).

It added that psychosocial support is extended to internally displaced persons, apart from the recovery programs, such as Cash-for-Work (CFW), Emergency Cash Transfer, and Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA).