BAGUIO CITY: The Department of Social Welfare and Development Cordillera Administrative Region (DSWD–CAR) has assured the public that it is prepared to respond to any rainy season-related disaster or calamities.
DSWD–CAR OIC Regional Director Janet Armas said they were closely coordinating with the Cordillera Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CRDRRMC) chaired by the Office of Civil Defense (OCD).
“Our Quick Response Team in the region is already activated and we have trained personnel that are already closely working with DRRM councils on the provincial level. Our task is to become bolder and faster in responding to disaster or calamities,” Armas said.
She also reported that they have prepared thousands of family packs containing rice, canned sardines and veggie noodles bought from Benguet State University and have prepositioned them in the provinces, capital towns and identified clustered municipalities that usually suffer road closures caused by landslides such as Calanasan in Apayao, and Tinoc, Aguinaldo and Mayoyao in Ifugao.
“For the regional office we have 2,600 family packs that are ready for distribution here in Baguio, the province of Benguet and the nearby municipalities of Mountain Province. We also have a standby response fund of around P168,000,” Armas added.