TYPHOON AID. A worker stacks up family food packs inside a government warehouse in Palo, Leyte. The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has readied 10,825 family food packs for victims of Typhoon Jolina in the Eastern Visayas region, the agency reported on Thursday (Sept. 9, 2021). (Photo courtesy of DSWD)

TACLOBAN CITY - The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) reported on Thursday that 10,825 family food packs (FFPs) will be distributed to victims of Typhoon Jolina in Eastern Visayas.

The production of food packs in different warehouses is ongoing as the DSWD activated its quick response team tasked to monitor the typhoon’s impact in Leyte and Samar provinces.

“The local government is the first to respond to disasters. DSWD may come in when they need additional personnel or relief items,” the DSWD said in a statement.

The FFPs have been prepositioned in warehouses in Catarman, Northern Samar; Allen, Northern Samar, Can-avid, Eastern Samar; Catbalogan City, Samar; Naval, Biliran; and Maasin City, Southern Leyte.

The bulk of the food packs is stored at the DSWD Regional Resource Operations Center warehouse in Palo, Leyte.

Each food pack consists of rice, canned goods, and coffee, packed in a small box for one family.

“We are stepping up our coordination with local government units (LGUs) to gather critical information regarding the effect of Typhoon Jolina. We are ready to extend assistance to LGUs,” the DSWD added.

Among its assistance is the relief augmentation, ensuring that the protection of rights of people who left their homes due to the storm, and camp coordination and camp management, where the DSWD helps local governments on how to manage evacuation centers.

‘Jolina’ left a trail of destruction as it crossed Samar Island on Sept. 6 and 7.

The storm made five landfalls in Samar with the first in Hernani, Eastern Samar on the night of Sept. 6.

It also made landfalls in the towns of Daram, Santo Niño, Almagro, and Tagapul-an, Samar. (PNA)