DSWD staff distribute family food packs to evacuees in Bauang, La Union.

31 October 2018 – The DSWD Field Office (FO) 1 continuously provides food and non-food items to local government units (LGUs) that need relief supply augmentation to be distributed to individuals and families who were affected by Typhoon Rosita.

As of the latest data of Disaster Response Information Management Section (DRIMS), the Department has augmented 160 family food packs (FFPs) in Bauang, La Union that were distributed in two (2) evacuation centers in the said Municipality. Further, relief supply augmentation requests from various cities/municipalities are being accommodated by the Field Office. The Municipality of Bolinao, Pangasinan has already requested 5,000 FFPs for affected fisher folks, and once the request is validated, relief supplies will be immediately transported and distributed.

Today, as of 8:00 o’clock in the morning, the two (2) regional and 11 satellite warehouses of DSWD FO 1 throughout the Region have 10,289 FFPs, 4,100 family kits, 9,627 hygiene kits, 5,117 sleeping kits, 2,000 kitchen kits, 220 family tents, and 2,004 collapsible jugs with water purifiers ready for distribution.

Policemen help in the stockpiling of relief supplies at the temporary regional warehouse.

To maintain the stockpiles of the relief goods, volunteers and staff from other government agencies, particularly the Philippine National Police (PNP), help in hauling goods to various satellite warehouses. “Ako ay nasisiyahan sa pagtulong sa ating mga nasalantang kababayan dahil kahit sa maliit na paraan, naipapakita ko ang aking pagiging makabayan (I am very happy that I am able to help our typhoon-affected countrymen because, in my small contribution, I can show nationalism),” shared PO1 Jovito G. Zaballero, Jr. of PNP’s Regional Mobile Force Battalion 1 in Region 1. The DSWD staff continuously coordinates with PNP to help in the delivery of rice from NFA to warehouses, and volunteers from various cities/municipalities are still arriving at the temporary regional warehouse located at Brgy. Biday, City of San Fernando, La Union.

Individuals who are willing to volunteer to help in repacking, hauling, and delivery of relief supplies are encouraged to register at DSWD FO 1 for orientation prior to deployment. # (by: Darwin T. Chan, Social Marketing Unit)