The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1 continues to release family food packs/relief goods as augmentation support to requesting Local Government  Units for monsoon rain  affected families in Region 1, now amounting to Php 3.02 million.

In Ilocos Sur, Sugpon got 500 family food packs; in Bangar, La Union, 2,000; in Pangasinan, Mangatarem 1,000; Dagupan City, 2,000; Aguilar, 1,000; Sta. Barbara, 1,000; Lingayen, 1,000; Bugallon, 1000; and San Fabian, 100.

Also, the DSWD National Relief Operations Center will release an additional 4,000 family food packs for Dagupan City, and another 2,000 of the same will be released to Calasiao, Pangasinan.

As emphasized by Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo, relief goods from DSWD should not be repacked as it is a violation under Republic Act 10121. Each family food pack is composed of 3 kilos of rice, 6 canned goods,  6 pouches of instant noodles and 6 pouches of 3-in-1 coffee. This  family food pack  will respond to the immediate basic food needs of families affected while activities are still not normal.

At present, DSWD FO1’s  on-going relief operations is done with  the help of the Philippine Army, Philippine Navy and Philippine National Police which facilitate in transporting family food packs to requesting Local Government Units.

As per directive of Dir. Marcelo Nicomedes  J. Castillo,  DSWD Field Office 1 remains on red alert in coordination with the Office of Civil Defense (OCD),  Provincial, City  and Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (P/C/MDRRMC) until all relief augmentation requests coming from Local Government Units are responded

Likewise, the Quick Action Response Team (QUART), Social Welfare and Development Action Team, and Provincial Operations Office are  still  activated for disaster monitoring/ reporting  and repacking of family food packs.  (by: Iryn D. Cubangbang, Information Officer II)