MANILA - The Department of Social Welfare and Development on Tuesday said it will soon stop repacking relief goods in Manila so that the aid will get to typhoon-hit areas faster.
Speaking to ABS-CBN's Umagang Kay Ganda, Social Welfare Assistant Secretary Che Cabrera said the DSWD plans to localize the repacking of goods so that distribution is faster.
"We are opening additional hubs in Catbalogan to help Eastern Samar municipalities so that the distribution of goods is faster," Cabrera said.
She also clarified that relief goods will continue to be distributed in typhoon-hit areas in Central Visayas by 2014 but only through the government's cash-for-work and food-for-work programs.
"The slow down in distribution of family food packages does not mean they will not get any more relief. We just want to focus on their other needs. They will get cash through the cash for work program so they rebuild their homes," she said.
She said the DSWD in cooperation with local government units is targeting the distribution of 2.7 million family food packages every 3 days.
She said families who have small kids or have members who cannot work will still get relief goods.
As of November 25, the DSWD has received a total of P44,362,440.84 and US$1,005,515.98 cash donations.
In the same interview, Leyte Gov. Dominic Petilla said more than a million people still need relief goods in his province alone. He said that while all towns in Leyte have received relief goods, the process of rebuilding homes will still take a long time.
"Halos lahat ng bayan affected. Sira sira ang bahay at walang mabilhan din. Mayroon kaunti pero di sapat ang supply sa palengke," he said.