DSWD provides 53K food packs to S. Leyte typhoon victims

At least 53,389 family food packs (FFPs) have been distributed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to victims of Typhoon Odette in 25 badly-hit towns in Eastern Visayas.

DSWD 8 (Eastern Visayas) Director Grace Subong said 57 percent of the projected 92,705 families have been provided with FFPs as of December 28.

The augmentations are for Maasin City and 18 towns in Southern Leyte; Tacloban City and four towns in Leyte; and Mercedes in Eastern Samar.

“We have an ongoing production of food packs at DSWD regional resource operations center in Palo, Leyte. We also received 20,000 FFPs from our central office, 7,000 FFPs from Cordillera Administrative Region, and 10,000 FFPs from Bicol region,” Subong said in a press briefing on Wednesday.

Each FFP contains 6 kg. of rice, four cans of corned beef, four cans of tuna flakes, two cans of sardines, five sachets of coffee, and five sachets of cereal drink. It is sufficient for a family of five for two to three days.

The DSWD has been in coordination with other members of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council to fast-track the distribution of family food packs.

“Our partner agencies from the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police have mobilized all their assets to bring food packs in remote areas,” Subong added.

On December 16, “Odette” barreled through Caraga and Eastern Visayas with maximum sustained winds of 195 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 270 kph. After hitting Surigao, it made two landfalls in Southern Leyte before devastating Central Visayas.

Source: Philippines News Agency

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