DSWD PREPARES FOR SEVERE TROPICAL STORM ‘NONA’

MANILA — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said on Sunday it has prepositioned relief packs in its field offices as part of preparations in areas expected to be affected by several tropical storm “Nona.”

In a statement, DSWD Secretary Corazon J. Soliman said that as of Dec. 12, they had prepared a total of ₱25,034,400.47 standby funds.

She said that a total of 263,223 family food packs and ₱185,670,882.86 worth of food and non-food items are available at the field offices in Regions IV-A (Calabarzon), IV-B (Mimaropa), V (Bicol), VI (Western Visayas), VII (Central Visayas), and VIII (Eastern Visayas).

Soliman added that disaster teams in the said regions are also ordered to be on alert status.

“They are coordinating closely with the concerned local government units (LGUs) for resource augmentation when needed,” the DSWD chief said.

She assured that foods packs are also being readied at the National Resource Operations Center (NROC) in Pasay City in case an augmentation support is needed by LGUs that may be affected by the tropical storm.

The Disaster Response Operations Monitoring and Information Center (DROMIC) of the DSWD-Central Office continues to closely coordinate with the DSWD–Field Offices in areas expected to be affected by “Nona” for any significant report on disaster preparedness and response, Secretary Soliman said. PNA