Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo over the weekend ordered the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Quick Response Teams (QRTs) to be on alert and to position their forces in areas that could be affected by Typhoon Nina.
The job of the QRTs is to help government rescuers bring families to relocation areas from their houses and give relief goods to the victims, Taguiwalo said.
Typhoon Signal No. 4 has been raised in Bicol and other areas.
The DSWD on Christmas Eve started to bring relief goods to some areas, starting with 15,000 family food
packs (FFPs) bound for Tuguegarao City, Cagayan, in Northern Luzon.
It stores a total of 39,801 FFPs at its National Resource Operations Center.
Taguiwalo called on the public to be vigilant and help families that could be affected by the typhoon.
“We need to continue to be vigilant, especially now that Nina has intensified. We continue to ask the public to heed all warnings that will be issued and to coordinate with local disaster agencies,” she said.
“We need to remain alert and even in the midst of our merry-making not forget that many of our fellow Filipinos are experiencing an emergency situation because of Typhoon Nina,” Taguiwalo added.
“We are now calling for volunteers to help pack relief boxes in our warehouse in Pasay City [Metro Manila],” she said.