The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said Friday that it is targeting to produce about 2.04 million family food packs within two weeks as part of its intensive efforts in its relief operation to areas in Eastern Visayas affected by super typhoon Yolanda.
According to DSWD Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman, the department has set up additional repacking stations around Metro Manila in addition to the DSWD-National Resource Operations Center (NROC) to ensure that the target will be attained.
Soliman explained the repacking centers will serve as satellite stations for faster repacking of goods to immediately address the need of affected families for relief assistance.
“These satellite repacking centers are in De La Salle University in Taft Avenue, Manila; Ateneo de Manila University in Katipunan, Quezon City; and, Ninoy Aquino Stadium in Manila. Repacking is also being done in Camp Aguinaldo and in Villamor Air Base,” she added.
She also added that regional repacking centers in Regions V, VII, X, and CARAGA remain open.
To date, 321,805 food packs have been repacked by volunteers in the satellite hubs.
Some 223,649 of said relief packs have already been sent to the affected areas.
The DSWD chief cited that relief operations in affected towns in Eastern Visayas are still on-going which she herself participates in leading the distribution.
She also added that the department has started the distribution of 40,000 metric tons of high-energy biscuits from the World Food Program (WFP).
Likewise, 5,692 food packs and 520 rice packs and 2,480 sacks of rice were distributed in affected municipalities in Leyte.
She appealed for kindhearted and generous groups and individuals to provide transportation support especially trucks to assist in the ferrying of these relief goods.
As of yesterday about 7,200 food packs and 7,200 one-litter bottled water were dispatched to serve all affected towns in Leyte.
Some 750 food packs donated by Korean Relief Churches were also distributed at the Astrodome evacuation Center, Sagkahan, Tacloban City.
Other relief goods were also sent via trucks to the towns of Mahaplag, Javier, McArthur, Julita, Dulag, Burauen, Tabontabon, Carigara, Barugo, Tolosa, Tanauan, Tunga, Jaro, Alangalang, and San Miguel.
The DSWD said that relief items from United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) composed of 3,010 pieces of hygiene kits, 100 pieces of squatting plates, 100 pans and P traps, 180 pieces of tarpaulin, and nine crates of water tanks had also arrived in Tacloban as of yesterday.
Soliman is calling on groups and individuals to provide transportation support especially trucks to ferry relief goods.
She cited that there are 21 remaining evacuation centers in Tacloban with 6,181 families or 30,907 persons.
Meanwhile, in Western Visayas, which was also affected by Typhoon Yolanda, the DSWD has already provided 38,491 family packs worth P10 million to six provinces in the region.
Iloilo received P5.4 million worth of relief assistance, Capiz got P1.6 million, Aklan with P1.3 million, Antique with P792,130, Negros Occidental received P547,056, and Guimaras got P214,542. PNA