MANILA – Following requests from different local government units (LGUs) in the National Capital Region (NCR) for augmentation support, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) immediately sent family food packs and other relief items to families affected by floodings in Metro Manila, DSWD Assistant Secretary for Strategic Communications Romel Lopez said Friday.

According to the DSWD spokesperson, some 390 family food packs (FFPs) were dispatched to the fifth district of Manila on Thursday, while 1,685 FFPs are scheduled to be sent to the flood-affected individuals and families residing in the first and fourth districts of Quezon City.

“The DSWD is in coordination with other LGUs for their needed assistance. We are also currently arranging the FFPs and other relief items to be delivered to the 3rd District of Manila and Caloocan City,” Lopez said in a statement.

Manila’s fifth district includes the areas of Ermita, Intramuros, Malate, Port Area, San Andres and south Paco while the third district is composed of Binondo, Quiapo, San Nicolas and Santa Cruz.

Quezon City’s first district includes La Loma, San Francisco del Monte and Santa Mesa Heights while the fourth district is composed of the Diliman and New Manila areas as well as parts of Quezon Avenue.

Latest data showed that a total of 1,278 families or 5,015 individuals in NCR have been affected by the floodings caused by continuous rains brought by the enhanced southwest monsoon.

Lopez said the DSWD is also set to send assistance to victims of fire incidents in Quezon City, Manila and Las Piñas.

Some 194 boxes of food packs and 194 sleeping kits are set to be delivered on Saturday to the affected individuals in a fire that occurred in Barangay Culiat, Quezon City last Aug. 27.

Based on the Rapid Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis (RDANA) conducted by Field Office NCR – Disaster Response Management Division (DRMD), an estimated 210 families were recorded to have been affected by the fire incident.

The affected families are currently taking temporary shelter at the Metro Heights Evacuation Center, Metro Heights Gazebo and the Vargas Covered Court.

The DSWD is also set to deliver FFPs, hygiene kits, sleeping kits and kitchen kits to fire victims in Las Piñas.

It will also provide an additional 385 FFPs and sleeping kits to the families affected by the fire that occurred in Barangay 650, Manila City a few days ago.

Lopez said the DSWD, through its FO-NCR, has been continuously coordinating with the different LGUs in NCR for any significant updates and requests for relief augmentation. (PNA)