The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is preparing its emergency relief supplies that can be used to augment the resources of local government units (LGUs) affected by Typhoon Bising.
The DSWD has maintained stockpiles and standby funds amounting to more than P1.5 billion of which more than P517 million is the available Quick Response Fund (QRF) in the DSWD Central Office.
In addition, the DSWD and its field offices (FOs) have 355,672 family food packs prepositioned in strategic locations around the country ready to be delivered to LGUs.
Meanwhile, the Quick Response Teams (QRTs) of DSWD FOs along the typhoon’s track are now on standby and ready to provide technical assistance, if needed, following the new normal protocols of the agency amid the pandemic.
“The department, as lead agency in the Food and Non-Food Item Cluster, Camp Coordination and Camp Management Cluster, and the Internally Displaced Persons Protection Cluster of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council will continue to ensure the efficient and well-coordinated delivery of social protection services to the population that will be affected by the typhoon,” the DSWD said.
“The department is also urging citizens to remain vigilant and to heed the warnings of their local leaders to prevent any untoward incidents that will be brought by the inclement weather,” it added.
Bising unleashed heavy rains and strong winds in parts of the Bicol Region and the Visayas on Monday. SOVEREIGNPH