DSWD assures enough relief supplies, calls for volunteers for repacking

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DEPARTMENT of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman on Tuesday morning assured the public that there is a sufficient supply of relief goods ready for distribution in areas affected by flooding brought by monsoon rains.

According to Secretary Soliman, the DSWD has enough relief goods for affected calamity victims of tropical storm Maring and monsoon rains in the evacuation sites.

The DSWD chief also appealed for volunteers to assist in repacking to facilitate immediate distribution in most needed areas.

To date, Soliman said that DSWD had started distributing goods to more than 9, 163 families or a total of 41,000 people in 199 evacuation centers in National Capital Region (NCR), Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and Region 1 (Pangasinan and Ilocos Sur province).


In Region 3, Soliman said that DSWD currently is serving some 47 evacuation centers opened for victims.

According to Soliman, the number of victims in evacuation centers are expected to rise due to continuous heavy rains and floods brought by Maring and monsoon.

She added that DSWD is also extending assistance to evacuations centers in Region 4-A (Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal) and Region 4-B particularly in Mindoro province.

She gave an assurance that efforts are undertaken to facilitate the delivery of some 10,000 food packs in Region 3 (Central Luzon) and, 5,000 food packs in Laguna and Cavite.

She added that she has ordered for additional food packs allocation for distribution in severely affected areas in several cities in NCR.

“We are closely coordinating now with World Food Program so that within the day we will bring energy biscuits for children and elderly to help in easing hunger especially in very wet evacuation centers where cooking is hard for them to do,” said Soliman.

She added that the department now is also coordinating with International Organization of Migration (IOM) for mobilization of trained camp managers to assist them in their efforts.

However, due to heightened necessity to deliver on time the relief goods in evacuation centers at the affected areas, she appealed for some kind-hearted volunteers to assist in the DSWD’s repacking warehouse to help in the immediate distribution.

“We are calling on willing and able volunteers to help in the repacking side for the expansion of distribution of relief goods intended for Pampanga and Bulacan provinces affected by Maring,” Soliman added.

For those who resides near Pasay, she is appealing for volunteers residing nearby to coordinate in the DSWD’s National Region Office warehouse in Pasay City.

“There is a need for us to increase repacking for the current 50,000 food packs ready for distribution in the DSWD’s national warehouse located in Pasay City.

However, due to heightened necessity to deliver on time the relief goods in evacuation centers at the affected areas, she appealed for some kind-hearted volunteers to assist in the DSWD’s repacking warehouse to help in the immediate distribution.

On Monday as Maring brought flood to affected areas, the DSWD has earlier announced that it has allocated some P39 million worth of emergency relief funds. PNA

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