DSWD Region 5 serves stranded passengers, keeps close coordination with LGUs and other units
By Leilani S. Junio
MANILA, Dec 24 (PNA) — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office V Disaster Operations said Saturday that it is serving stranded passengers in Bulan, Matnog, Pilar and Pioduran ports due to Typhoon Nina.
As of 10:30 a.m., the stranded passengers totaling 1,841 in the said ports were provided with hotmeals in coordination with the local government unit of Matnog.
The hotmeals were readied by using the preposition family food packs in anticipation of the possible effects of the Nina.
Meanwhile DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo said that DSWD V has also prepositioned the food packs in LGUs of Pilar and Pioduran comprising of 500 food packs each.
Aside from that, she also assured that she had instructed the Operation Center to continue monitoring on a 24-hour mode.
She also called on affected families to heed any call for possible pre-emptive evacuation to prevent casualties.
As part of the preparations, emergency medical teams were also readied and on standby mode to provide assistance.
All concerned Municipal Action Teams and Provincial Action Teams were also instructed to coordinate with the local government units.
The field office had preposition 20,256 family food packs consisting of the following:
102 sacks of rice,433 boxes of corned beef,37 boxes of sardines,2,273 boxes of coffee.
Aside from that they also prepared non-food items such as 211,707 malong, 2,836 rolls of laminated sacks, 11,699 pieces of plastic mat, 9,700 pieces of mosquito nets and 11,700 pieces of blanket.
In addition, it also maintains a standby fund amounting to Php 3,173,626 in case there will be a need for additional non-food items in any other possible eventualities of the typhoon as part of the initial preparation. (PNA)