DSWD releases food packs worth PhP24-M for ‘Amang’ victims

By on January 19, 2015

The Department of Social Welfare and Development is among those at the forefront of responding to the needs of those affected by #RubyPH. The DSWD prepositioned needed relief supplies to augment resources of LGUs prior landfall, and further relief operations are well under way. (Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines' Facebook page)
Image from Department of Social Welfare and Development’s preparations for Typhoon ‘Ruby’ (Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines’ Facebook page)

MANILA — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said Monday that its Field Offices in Regions II (Cagayan Valley), IV-A (Calabarzon), V (Bicol) and VIII (Eastern Visayas) had released a total of 55,719 family food packs worth PhP24,298,150 to local government units (LGUs) for distribution to the victims of tropical storm “Amang.”

According to the DSWD, at least 6,531 families or 28,868 individuals are staying in 114 evacuation centers in the four regions.

DSWD Secretary Corazon J. Soliman said that its Quick Response Teams (QRTs) and SWAD (Social Welfare and Development (SWAD) Teams in different FOs are closely monitoring the affected areas and the extent of damages.

As of Sunday, the department said it had pre-positioned PhP11,091,150 worth of family food packs in Cagayan;PhP6,700,700 worth in Batangas, Laguna, Quezon and Rizal; PhP2,700,000 in Northern Samar; and PhP1,350,000 in Western Samar.