MANILA, Philippines– The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said on Tuesday that its field offices (FOs) have undertaken preparatory measures for the possible effects of typhoon “Ferdie” in any part of the country.

At present, the Department has a standby fund of PHP862,952,425.85 and pre-positioned a total of 469,912 family food packs in strategic locations nationwide.

In Region II, where the typhoon continues to batter the island province of Batanes, the DSWD FO-II and its Disaster Management Response Teams (DMRTs) already conducted Pre-Disaster Risk Assessment (PDRA) together with other disaster agencies to discuss their plan of action on the possible effects of the typhoon.

In addition, the field office has delivered 350 sacks of National Food Authority (NFA) rice to the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) of Batanes.

DSWD Secretary Judy M. Taguiwalo called on all DSWD-FOs to continue other preparatory activities such as repacking of relief goods, replenishment of pre-positioned food packs to local government units, warehouse assessment, and identification of relief hubs to strengthen the Department’s response to possible typhoon victims.

“DSWD field offices must maintain their close monitoring and coordination with local government units and disaster response agencies, especially those in Northern Luzon. We must be ready to provide prompt response, including relief distribution, camp management, and stress debriefing to typhoon victims,” Secretary Taguiwalo said. PNA

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