The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) reassured the public on Monday, Oct. 18 that the provision of assistance to areas under granular lockdown continues, as almost 48,000 family food packs (FFPs) have already been released to the local government units (LGUs) in Metro Manila as augmentation support.
The DSWD expressed readiness to continue augmenting the resources of the LGUs in the National Capital Region (NCR).
It said as of Oct. 14, the Social Welfare department released a total of 47,875 FFPs worth more than P29 million to LGUs in Metro Manila.
Memorandum Circular No. 11, series of 2021 provides that the provision of FFPs is a co-sharing responsibility of DSWD and the concerned LGUs.
Under the circular, households in lockdown areas are expected to receive food packs from their respective LGU for the first seven days while the DSWD will augment on the eight and following days of the quarantine
The DSWD said 15,500 FFPs were initially prepositioned to 16 LGUs in Metro Manila.
Additional 32,375 food packs were provided to the eight LGUs who formally sought augmentation aid from the department.
The recipients were the cities of Caloocan, Makati, Mandaluyong, Manila, Paranaque, Pasay, Quezon, San Juan and municipality of Pateros upon receipt of official request.
The DSWD said the LGUs will be given “continuous support to immediately assist families affected by the granular lockdowns” as 750 areas in 13 LGUs in NCR have been placed under granular lockdown with Regional Inter Agency Task Force (IATF) Certification.