disaster response capacity of DSWD
QUEZON CITY, Dec. 7, (PIA) - -The Australian Government has strengthened
disaster response capacity of the Department of Social Welfare and
Development (DSWD) through a P104 million (A$3 million) grant under a
three-year Support Program for Disaster Response.
The program covers three components: capacity building, warehouse
construction, and prepositioning of emergency relief supplies.
“The Australian Government is committed to support the Philippines in
building its resilience through disaster preparedness, and stands ready to
support the Philippines and the Filipino people in times of disasters and
emergencies,” Ambassador Bill Tweddell said during the program’s launch on
December 3 at the National Resource Operations Center (NROC), DSWD’s main
disaster hub located in Pasay City.
Under the program, Australia is supporting the upgrade of NROC and the
construction of a new warehouse. The groundbreaking ceremony of the new
warehouse was led by Ambassador Tweddell and DSWD Secretary Corazon
After its completion, the facility’s storage capacity will increase from
200,000 to 270,000 packaged and unpackaged family food packs and will
provide safe storage for additional vital non-food items such as blankets,
cooking implements, and mosquito nets, among others.
The program also supports the prepositioning of emergency relief supplies
such as tents, laminated sacks, family kits, and children’s toys. This
complements DSWD’s standby emergency relief supplies and will be
prepositioned in the different regional offices of DSWD and at NROC. Close
to 400,000 individuals, or 78,000 families including 36,000 children, will
benefit from these humanitarian relief items.
“This partnership between Australia and DSWD is very timely and appropriate
as we prepare to respond to the new normal of having stronger typhoons, long
spells of droughts, and earthquakes. I am grateful to the Australian
Government for this long-standing engagement which started in social
protection and now includes collaboration in ensuring preparedness in
responding to the needs of disaster-affected populations and communities,”
Secretary Soliman said.
Australia also deployed an Australian Civilian Corps Adviser on Disaster
Response Systems to assist in capacity building and strengthening the
disaster response framework and strategies of DSWD.
A modernized repacking system has been earlier set up by DSWD through the
assistance of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the United
Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID). The Mechanized
Production System will help improve the national response capacity of the
country as it will speed up the production of emergency family food packs
next time the country faces a disaster.
DSWD is the Vice-Chair for Response of the National Disaster Risk Reduction
and Management Council (NDRRMC), and lead agency of the Food and Non-Food
Cluster, Camp Coordination and Camp Management Cluster, and Protection
Cluster under the humanitarian cluster system of the Council. (DSWD/RJB/LFB/PIA-NCR)