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DSWD readies relief for Ineng-affected LGUs

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Field Offices of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Regions I, II, and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), are now on alert to provide relief augmentation and assistance to the disaster relief operations of local government units (LGUs) as Typhoon Ineng is forecasted to affect these areas.
To date, these Field Offices have 47,918 family food packs ready to be distributed to the LGUs, and P7.58 million in standby funds to be used to purchase emergency relief supplies when needed.
As part of its strengthened disaster preparations, these field offices have already prepositioned goods to provinces, towns, and cities to ensure speedy distribution to affected families.
In Region II, where Ineng hovers, the DSWD-Field Office has made available one heavy duty generator and seven portable versions which can be used in evacuation centers in case of power outage.
DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman has once again urged residents of areas in danger zones to immediately follow their local authorities’ announcements for evacuation to ensure zero casualty.
DSWD disaster teams in the three regions continue to coordinate with the LGUs for provision of relief augmentation and technical assistance.

Criselda Cabangon David, a happy mother of two kids, is a full-time Sociologist at the City Government of Lucena, Quezon Province. She is currently the Managing Editor of Ang Diaryo Natin Sunday News, a weekly local community newspaper in the Philippines and an active member of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines.