The Filipino spirit of helping one another has brought in around PHP2 million in savings to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).
DSWD has recorded the savings because volunteers extended a hand — donating supplies and the manpower to help pack food and non-food items that the agency gives away to people in need, especially during calamities.
“We accounted PHP2 million worth of volunteer work,” said Leo Quintilla, regional director of the DSWD-CAR, on Monday.
He said the savings came amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic when many lost jobs and livelihood and the government has to spend more to aid the people in need.
Quintilla said most of the volunteer manpower was provided by the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), line agencies in the region from the low ranking employees up to their superiors, private individuals, organizations, and even artists and performers who gave their time while in the region to help re-pack food packs at the DSWD warehouse in La Trinidad, Benguet.
“We accept volunteers, we just need to schedule them so that we can observe social distancing at the warehouse,” he said.
Quintilla said that the region maintains at least 30,000 food packs ready for distribution anytime.
Last week, the DSWD-CAR transported some 10,000 family food packs to Kalinga province to augment the supplies needed to keep families in their homes while on granular lockdown.