DSWD sets aside 100 bags of rice for each town in Eastern Visayas as typhoon ‘Ruby’ nears

TACLOBAN CITY, (PNA) — The Department of Social Welfare and Development is allocating 100 bags of rice for each town in Eastern Visayas for prepositioning ahead of typhoon Ruby’s landfall.

DSWD regional director Nestor Ramos asked local government units to provide logistics in the distribution of rice.

“Our appeal to local government units is to pick up these sacks of rice in our warehouses because DSWD has very limited resources to bring all these supplies to every town,” Ramos told local government officials in a meeting. The DSWD regional office has only 10 available trucks.

In Leyte province alone, 1,300 bags have already been distributed to 13 municipalities. About 2,000 bags have been claimed by local government units in other provinces, according to Ramos.

“If the impact of the disaster is not destructive, the goods can be used for food for work program, but local governments have to make project proposal,” Ramos said.

In addition to rice, the DSWD has stockpile of 30,000 family packs and 1,506 pieces of nets and blankets. The department also repacked a total of 14,632 relief goods.

The agency also ensured the provision of trainings on camp management to local government units and organized a quick response team ready for deployment to affected areas. (PNA)