DSWD Secretary Rolando Joselito D. Bautista hands over a family food pack to a resident of Barangay Francia, Virac, Catanduanes. He is in the province to oversee disaster relief operations in areas hit by Typhoon Rolly. (DSWD photo)
MANILA – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has extended assistance to areas hard-hit by Typhoon Rolly, with Secretary Rolando Joselito Bautista flying to Catanduanes on Tuesday to oversee disaster relief operations for affected families.
Upon arrival, Bautista proceeded to the municipality of Virac where he led the distribution of relief supplies to residents of Barangay Francia.
After Virac, he went to one of the barangays of Bato municipality via Air Force helicopter as the area was difficult to reach being one of the hardest hit towns in the province.
Bautista, together with Catanduanes Governor Joseph Cua, distributed family food packs (FFPs).
With the assistance of the Office of the Civil Defense and the Philippine Air Force (PAF), Bautista initially brought 1,320 FFPs as resource augmentation assistance to the provincial government.
As of press time, around 3,000 FFPs, 400 pieces of 20-liter bottled water, and 3,944 small bottled mineral water from Maynilad are being loaded to a Coast Guard vessel for dispatch to Catanduanes.
A C295 aircraft is scheduled to fly on Wednesday to the province to deliver 3,000 FFPs and 80 pieces of laminated sacks.
At present, DSWD-Bicol region, in coordination with the provincial government, is conducting rapid damage and needs assessment to determine exact damage brought about by the disaster and to identify appropriate interventions that will be provided to the affected families to help them further cope with their difficult situation.
One intervention being considered is the conduct of food-for-work.
Meanwhile, as of 6 p.m. Tuesday, the department said it has provided more than PHP5.3 million worth of assistance to affected localities in Regions NCR, II, Mimaropa, and V.
Aside from Bicol region, the department, through its National Resource Operations Center (NROC), delivered 2,300 FFPs in the regional warehouse of field office (FO) III and 1,700 FFPs in Fort Magsaysay Hub Satellite Warehouse.
DSWD-Central Luzon also provided relief augmentation composed of 200 hygiene kits, 200 sleeping kits, and 200 family kits in Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija.
There is also an ongoing hauling of 1,000 FFPs to Calumpit, Bulacan and 1,000 FFPs to Masantol, Pampanga.
DSWD assured that it has sufficient resources to sustain its ongoing disaster operations for Typhoon Rolly with more than PHP877 million stockpile and standby funds ready to be used.
In a related development, concerned DSWD field offices are also making advance preparations for Tropical Storm Siony through the continuous repacking of relief goods and close coordination with local government units along the storm’s track.
DSWD said it is thankful for the continuing trust expressed by President Rodrigo Duterte to government agencies leading the relief and response operations for Typhoon Rolly.
DSWD also thanked members of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, LGUs, and private partners who are extending aid to immediately address the needs of affected localities. (PR)