MANILA — With typhoons “Ferdie” and “Gener” affecting the country successively, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), together with the other members of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), continues to closely coordinate with local government units (LGUs) along the typhoons’ paths to ensure immediate response to families that maybe affected.
Disaster teams of the DSWD-Field Office II continue to render 24-hour duty to monitor the possible effects of typhoon “Ferdie.”
In Basco, Batanes where Public Storm Warning Signal No. 4 was hoisted over the province due to typhoon “Ferdie,” the DSWD disaster team reported that one family with four members evacuated pre-emptively.
Likewise, 16 boat passengers bound for Calayan Group of Islands have been stranded in Aparri, Cagayan. The stranded passengers sought refuge in the homes of their friends and relatives and the bunkhouse of the municipality of Calayan.
In a related development, DSWD-Field Offices along the path of typhoon “Gener” are also conducting preparatory activities to include daily monitoring of local weather condition and continuous provision of Disaster Assistance Family Access Card (DAFAC) to requesting LGUs.
They also conduct continuous repacking of relief goods at the field offices and manage ongoing replenishment of prepositioned family food packs to LGUs, and conduct warehouse assessment at LGU level to determine readiness and capacity for stockpiling of relief goods.
They have also been tasked in identifying possible relief hubs while maintaining close coordination with the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) for any warning signal updates for monitoring purposes and response mechanism in areas that will be affected.
Meanwhile, DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo urged families, especially in high risk areas, to heed the announcements and warnings of their local authorities for their own safety.
The secretary assured that the DSWD Central Office and all of its Field Offices have enough relief supplies, with some PHP861,494,815.58 standby funds and PHP171,306,818 worth of family food packs. PNA/northboundasia.com