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DSWD starts delivering food packs to QC, Valenzuela, Malabon LGUs


By Charissa Luci-Atienza

True to its promise to assist local government units (LGUs) during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has delivered family food packs (FFPs) in Quezon City, Valenzuela, and Malabon.

As of Friday night, the DSWD National Capital Region (NCR) reported that it “has initially delivered” food assistance to the LGUs, the agency said in statement.

The initial delivery of relief supplies was made after Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte appealed to the national government and DSWD to step in and assist her city government to provide food to those who cannot work due to the ECQ from April 6 to April 12.

DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista promptly assured Belmonte that the agency will “provide the necessary support” to the Quezon city government during the requested period.

Belmonte earlier said that on the fourth week of ECQ, the city government’s funds “will be insufficient.”

“The Department emphasized that it intensified its coordination with LGUs in identifying target beneficiaries, distribution points, and strategies to ensure that the provision of food assistance conforms to the stringent policy on social distancing and preventing mass gathering, as prescribed by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID),” it said.

The DSWD said FFPs have also been delivered to the LGUs of Baguio City by the DSWD-Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), while DSWD-FO XI delivered relief supplies to the LGUs of Davao City and Davao Oriental.

“Likewise, other DSWD Field Offices have prepositioned relief supplies in their respective warehouses ready to be distributed to LGUs that will be requesting for augmentation support,” it said.

To sustain its food distribution to the affected poor communities, the DSWD noted that the repacking activities of relief goods are ongoing at the National Resource Operations Center (NROC), the main warehouse of the Department located in Pasay City, and in the different DSWD-Field Offices nationwide.

“At present, DSWD is also coordinating with the Armed Forces of the Philippines for the identification of facilities that may be used for repacking,” it said.

The DSWD reassured the public it has “sufficient” resources and funding to respond to the needs of affected families.

“The DSWD Central Office has a total of P1.3 billion in Quick Response Fund (QRF), which can be replenished by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) once exhausted, to sustain the provision of food and other essential supplies to various communities,” it said.

It noted that the provision of food and non-food assistance to the LGUs is part of DSWD’s Resource Augmentation and Technical Assistance (TARA) mandate during emergencies such as public health crisis.

Bautista earlier said the DSWD will not only extend family food packs, but also cash emergency assistance to the marginalized and poor communities.

He said the budget for the cash emergency assistance will be requested from the DBM.

President Duterte on Monday night directed the DSWD, in coordination with LGUs, to extend food aid to the marginalized communities. (Charissa M. Luci-Atienza) ###

Source: Manila Bulletin

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