MANILA –The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) immediately coordinated with its field offices and local government units (LGUs) for possible augmentation of support and assistance shortly after a magnitude 6 earthquake hit parts of the CALABARZON Region.
The quake hit parts of Batangas, Laguna, Cavite and Mindoro Saturday afternoon.
“The agency is prepared to immediately provide augmentation support to affected LGUS and other technical assistance since the Department has 119,831 Family Food Packs (FFPs) prepositioned in the NROC (National Resource Operation Center) and in FO-CALABARZON,” said DSWD Secretary Judy M. Taguiwalo.
She also assured that they are currently maintaining stockpiles and standby funds amounting to P1,159,951,881.64 for the needed possible augmentation.
“The DSWD remains on standby for any contingencies and emergencies connected to the earthquake and its impact,” Taguiwalo added.
Meanwhile, she urged every Filipino family and communities to prepare for any possible aftershocks and to remain vigilant.
She told them to listen to the instructions of disaster agencies and LGUs to minimize casualties.
Taguiwalo added that its field office in CALABARZON has already alerted their Social Welfare Assistance Desk Team and Quick Response Team s to monitor their respective areas and immediately provide report to their Disaster Management Unit.