DSWD strengthens preparations for ‘Ompong’
Photo of DSWD personnel and volunteers getting relief goods ready

QUEZON CITY, Sept. 13, (PIA) - - The Department of Social Welfare & Development (DSWD) strengthened its ongoing preparations to immediately assist those who may be adversely affected by Typhoon Ompong. The DSWD through its Field Offices (FOs) continuously preposition relief goods particularly in regions that will be directly hit by the typhoon. “We continue to strengthen our preparation for ‘Ompong’ to ensure the prompt provision of assistance to those who will be affected,” DSWD Secretary Virginia N. Orogo said. Orogo urged the public to heed the warnings that will be issued by their barangays and local governments, especially when it comes to pre-emptive evacuations, to ensure their safety.

Orogo said the DSWD Field Office in Region II has already delivered 21,700 family food packs as prepositioned goods to the local government units (LGUs) in the provinces of Cagayan, Isabela, Quirino, and Nueva Vizcaya.

Four hundred thirty two (432) sacks of rice prepositioned in the province of Batanes, 72 of which are in the provincial office, while 60 sacks were distributed to the six municipalities of the province.

Aside from prepositioning of relief goods, the FO also inspected the evacuations centers in the province to ensure safety of possible evacuees.

Currently, the FO has 5,000 available DSWD Family Food Packs (FFPs), 1,000 hygiene kits, 2,500 collapsible water carrier with purification water tablet, and 1,000 sleeping kits in its warehouse, ready for distribution to local government units if the need arises.

Meanwhile, DSWD Field Office in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) has already delivered 600 FFPs, 60 hygiene kits, and 60 sleeping kits in six municipalities in the province of Abra on Wednesday.

It has also provided 1,000 food packs to Mountain Province as relief augmentation in preparation for the typhoon.

The Department’s Field Office in Region I has a total of 4,230 prepositioned goods in the Ilocos Region. Of this number, 650 food packs are prepositioned in the Municipality of Burgos, Ilocos Norte; 1,000 in San Nicolas, also in Ilocos Norte; 1,000 in Vigan, Ilocos Sur; while 580 food packs are prepositioned in the City of San Fernando, La Union. There are also 200 relief goods that are prepositioned in the Municipality of Bolinao, Pangasinan, while 800 are in Manaoag, Pangasinan.

For Central Luzon, DSWD Field Office in Region III has already prepositioned a total of 8,000 FFPs in various local government units in the region, mostly in the province of Aurora.

The Department’s Field Office in CALABARZON will augment a total of 5,000 food packs to FO III, as some of the resources of the field office have already been

Orogo said that apart from prepositioning goods at the provincial and local levels, DSWD field offices have also activated their respective Quick Response Teams (QRTs) and Provincial and Municipal Action Teams (P/MATs) to provide assistance on the ground. (PIA-NCR