DSWD 7: 35K family food packs, 18.5K disaster essentials for individuals affected by Paeng

THE Department of Social Welfare and Development Central Visayas (DSWD 7) has prepared food packs and disaster essentials as Severe Tropical Storm Paeng continues to dump rain in Cebu and in the rest of Region 7.

In its Disaster Response Operations Monitoring and Information Center report on Friday, October 28, 2022, which it posted on its official Facebook page, the agency said it has been on red alert since Wednesday, October 26, as Cebu Province has been experiencing moderate to heavy rainfall due to the weather disturbance.

Some portions of Cebu reported landslides, collapsed road pavements and floods, particularly those areas prone to hazards, it said.

Based on DSWD 7’s data, as of Friday, Paeng has struck 12 cities and 16 barangays in Cebu and Negros Oriental, affecting 618 individuals in Cebu and 1,019 individuals in Negros Oriental.

It has also displaced 414 families in Cebu and 257 families in Negros Oriental.

To assist them, the agency prepared 35,067 family food packs and 18,589 non-food items such as hygiene, family, kitchen, sleeping kits and tents, among others.

The DSWD 7 also had its P5 million standby funds prepared for the procurement of relief goods, shelter kits, livelihood assistance and other operational expenses during disaster relief operations.

In a zoom meeting on Saturday, October 29, DSWD Secretary Erwin Tulfo advised regional directors to inform DSWD Central Office's disaster team should they need additional funds.

Tulfo said the regional offices should be ready, especially since the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration announced that another typhoon will enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Wednesday, November 2.

DSWD Assistant Secretary Diana Rose Santiago–Cajipe said they could propose P10 million on top of the P5 million standby funds since the agency still has P376 million in its quick response funds. (HIC)