DSWD-Davao readies 30,000 food packs

THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Davao Region said Friday that it is ready to extend assistance to areas that will affected by Typhoon Ruby (Hagupit).

In a phone interview, DSWD-Davao information officer Carmela Duron said they have some 30,000 family food packs on standby and these will be distributed to the affected families.

Family food packs usually consist of rice, sardines, beef loaf, and noodles.

"Depende sa needs but our region is ready to help the affected areas and assist our co-workers there," she added.

Aside from food packs, she said they have generator sets, pales, slippers, and mosquito nets.

Should the need arise, DSWD-Davao will also send its Quick Response Team (QRT) to assist the rescuers in the affected areas.

Last year, DSWD-Davao dispatched 14 social workers to Typhoon Yolanda-hit Tacloban City as augmentation to the necessary manpower to help in the relief operations, including camp management and psychosocial support of the survivors.

"All DSWD offices nationwide have 30,000 food packs at any given time, P1 million standby fund, and activation of Quick Response Team," she said, adding that personnel from DSWD-Davao will be the one to send these to where the typhoon will make landfall.

According to 3 p.m. weather update of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, Typhoon Ruby was seen at 380 kilometers east of Borongan Eastern Samar, with maximum winds of 195 kilometers per hour and gustiness of up to 230 kilometers per hour.

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