As Typhoon “Bising” has slightly intensified and started to affect Eastern Visayas and Mindanao, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has reported that it has standby funds and available stockpiles amounting to more than P1.59 billion.
In a Facebook post on Saturday night, the DSWD said its stockpiles and standby funds total P1,594,411,367.23.
Based on DSWD’s Disaster Response Operations Monitoring and Information Center (DROMIC) report, as of 6 p.m., April 17, the agency has more than P556.43 in total standby funds. Of this, P517.99 million has been earmarked as available standby funds at the DSWD Central Office and P38.45 million at the Field Offices.
The DSWD said a total of 355, 672 family food packs (FFPs) worth more than P182.16 million were available for distribution to the local government units (LGUs) that are in need of relief augmentation support.
Each FFP contains six kilos of rice, four cans of sardines, four cans of corned beef or beef loaf, and six sachets of coffee or cereal energy drink which is enough for two days for a family with five members.
More than P517.32 million worth of non-food items (FNIs) and more than P338.48 million worth of other food items were also readied as part of the DSWD’s stockpiles.
The DSWD assured the public Friday, April 16, that it has funds to augment the resources of the local government units (LGUs) that will be affected by Bising.