DSWD-13 readies over 11K food packs as ‘Odette’ nears

By Alexander Lopez

December 14, 2021, 3:18 pm

<p><em>(Photo provided by DSWD-13 Information Office) </em></p>

(Photo provided by DSWD-13 Information Office) 

BUTUAN CITY – The Department of Social Welfare and Development – Caraga (DSWD-13) has prepositioned a total of 11,272 family food packs (FFPs) in different strategic areas in the region in preparation for the possible impact of Tropical Storm Odette as of Monday afternoon.

Marko Davey Reyes, DSWD-13 information officer, told the Philippine News Agency here Tuesday that the agency has enough FFPs to augment the needs of the local government units (LGUs).

“The prepositioning of the FFPs is in preparation for augmentation to the LGUs. We have enough supplies in case the LGUs will need our support,” Reyes said.

The FFPs are prepositioned in San Francisco, Agusan del Sur with 2,500 packs; Tandag City in Surigao del Sur (1,900); Surigao City in Surigao del Norte (1,850); and in Fort Poyohon in Butuan City (5,022).

The FFPs amounted to some PHP5.6 million, Reyes said.

He added that the agency has also prepared non-food items such as 2,043 sleeping kits, 2,190 pieces of mosquito nets, 1,281 pieces of plastic mats, 866 kitchen kits, 518 hygiene kits, and 800 family kits.

As of Tuesday, the DSWD-13 has PHP4.7 worth of raw food items, including canned goods, noodles, and other foodstuffs that are sufficient for another 9,004 FFPs.

The agency also has a PHP5 million standby fund that can be used if additional support is needed in the different areas in the region during emergencies. (PNA)