DSWD-3 ensures sufficient supply in the event of a disaster

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CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – The Department of Social Welfare and Development-Central Luzon (DSWD-3) regional office here assured on Monday that it has sufficient food and non-food stocks in case of disaster or calamity.

DSWD-3 Regional Director Marites Maristela said the agency is ready to provide increased resources to local government units (LGUs), especially during the rainy or typhoon season.

She said that although Tropical Storm Agaton did not have a direct effect on the region, DSWD-3 prepared resources to ensure they would be ready to help those in need.

“We want to make sure the agency has enough inventory to respond to any calamity,” Maristela said in an interview.

According to the agency’s report, DSWD-3 currently has 10,377 family food packages (FFPs) worth PHP 5.28 million that are pending.

Of this total, 7,277 FFPs worth PHP 3.48 million are pending at the DSWD regional office; 2,243 FFP at Fort Magsaysay satellite office in Palayan City, Nueva Ecija; and 857 FFPs worth PHP 664,089 at the Camp Aquino satellite office in Tarlac.

Maristela also noted that DSWD-3 has a stockpile of non-food items worth around PHP 7.84 million, including 2,352 family kits, 1,622 sleeping kits and 793 hygiene kits. .

“We are ready to help local governments increase their inventory of family food parcels and non-food items,” she said.

Based on Republic Act (RA) 10121 or the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010, LGUs are the first responders to natural and man-made disasters.

RA 7160 or the Local Government Code of 1991 also states that LGUs have the responsibility to undertake rescue operations, provide immediate relief assistance, and set up and operate evacuation centers.

The DSWD, in turn, is mandated to provide surge support to LGUs and empower them to handle emergencies or calamities. (NAP)

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