DSWD assures relief goods being loaded in trucks to be distributed to Typhoon 'Lando' affected families

MANILA, Oct. 19 (PNA) -- Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman Monday assured that all DSWD-Field Offices in areas affected by Typhoon "Lando" continue to repack relief supplies for immediate distribution to local government units (LGUs) when necessary.

Soliman said that aside from keeping the safety of affected families through continuous evacuation from hazardous areas, the DSWD is also ensuring that there are enough relief supplies and these reach the beneficiaries immediately.

Secretary Soliman added that the department has an existing agreement with the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the Philippine National Police, and the Department of Public Works and Highways for the availability of vehicles to transport relief goods in affected areas.

She also mentioned the new mechanized repacking system that the department has recently acquired in partnership with World Food Programme and funding support from the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID). The system enhances the capacity of the Department to repack 50,000 family food packs per day.

As of Monday morning, the DSWD reported that 42,097 families or 203,267 persons from Regions 1, 2, 3, and CAR have been displaced. It assisted 13,910 families or 62,990 persons who temporarily sheltered inside 336 evacuation centers managed by the LGUs.

Likewise, it also reported that 12,207 families or 59,159 persons are outside evacuation centers that may be provided with assistance.

The DSWD has already provided more than PHP1.32 million worth of relief assistance as it is ensuring the steady supply of food packs to the affected regions.

Meanwhile, the LGUs of regions 1, 2, 3 and 5 have been provided PHP829,649 worth of assistance, Soliman said.

She added that at least 187,525 family food packs are available in 96 municipalities of 17 provinces in the affected regions of CAR, 1, 2, 3, and 4-A.

Soliman assured that the DSWD disaster teams will continue to coordinate with the LGUs to determine other services that can be provided to the affected families. (PNA)


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