DSWD assures readiness of stockpiles, standby funds for affected LGUs of 6.7 magnitude earthquake in Surigao City

MANILA — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said Saturday that its Central Office (CO), Field Office (FO) CARAGA, and National Resource Operations Center (NROC) have a total stockpiles and standby funds amounting to Php 1,608,152,843.65 in Surigao City, Surigao del Norte hit by 6.7 magnitude earthquake Friday night.

The breakdown is as follows:

1. Stockpiles:

A total of 109,501 Family Food Packs amounting to Php 42,288,535.84 and available Food and Non-Food Items amounting to Php124,055,601.88.

Standby Funds:

DSWD Secretary Judy M. Taguiwalo said that there was also a total of Php 1,441,808,705.93 standby funds at the CO and FO. Of the said amount, Php 1,438,912,784.02 is the available Quick Response Fund at the CO.

Taguiwalo said that the Field Office has facilitated with a water company for the delivery on Saturday of 2,500 gallons of water to Brgy Taft, Surigao City, where there is the most number of damaged houses and residents opted to stay on the streets.

She once again reiterated her call for residents to remain calm and be attentive to warnings and advisory.

She also said that the Disaster Response Assistance and Management Bureau (DReAMB) was still on red alert status as it provided 24-hour monitoring.

It has activated its Quick Response Team (QRT) at the Regional Level and its Social Welfare and Development (SWAD) Teams at the provincial level to provide technical assistance and resource augmentation to the disaster operations of the Provincial and City LGUs.

A total of 28 barangays in Surigao City, Mainit, San Francisco, and Sison had been affected by the tremor. The DSWD-Field Office CARAGA is currently validating the total number of affected families and persons. Leilani Junio/PNA-northboundasia.com