DSWD systematizes delivery of relief goods-A A +A
By Bong Garcia
Thursday, September 26, 2013
DEPARTMENT of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon Soliman said they have adopted color coding to systematize the delivery of relief goods to families displaced by the standoff in Zamboanga City.
The distribution of colored cards will also replace the green family access cards which were initially given to thousands of evacuees.
The classification will be according to three color codes -- yellow, blue, and pink.
“These colored cards will be used to classify the evacuees’ location so as to hasten the delivery of service,” Soliman said in a statement.
The Yellow cards were given to evacuees who are staying at the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex, Blue to the evacuees staying in different evacuation centers, and pink cards to the home-based evacuees or the ones who transferred and are currently staying in the house of their relatives and friends far from the critical areas.
“These color-coded cards will systematize the delivery of relief goods to the displaced families and to ensure that no one is left unserved,” Soliman said.
Meanwhile, the DSWD has created a database of the evacuees to assess their needs and for planning purposes.
Soliman explained that the database will help them in developing programs and services that are suited to the evacuees’ needs.
Soliman said the database already contains the profiles of 13,165 families comprising 67,198 individuals.
Soliman said the encoding started last September 16 at the government-run Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) by volunteers, WMSU faculty members, and Information Technology staffs of the DSWD regional office.