The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is ready to provide assistance to local government units (LGUs) affected by tropical storm “Auring”.
The assurance was made Saturday, Feb. 20, after the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) raised tropical cyclone wind signal number 1 over 25 areas in Visayas and Mindanao.
“The DSWD assured that disaster funds and relief supplies are enough to respond to the needs of affected LGUs,” it said in a statement.
The DSWD is the head of the Food and Non-Food Items Cluster of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).
“To date, the Department has more than P496 million standby funds, almost 300,000 family food packs, other food items worth P194 million, and non-food items amounting to P409 million,” it said.
The Department said its quick response teams have been alerted and have been in touch with the concerned LGUs.
“Disaster teams of DSWD-Field Offices along the track of ‘Auring’ are on alert status and are closely coordinating with concerned LGUs for any significant development that may require their assistance,” it said.
The DSWD asked residents along the path of the storm to remain vigilant and to heed orders of their authorities for their own safety.