DSWD says has 'enough supplies' for quake-hit regions


Posted at Nov 03 2019 09:08 AM

DSWD says has 'enough supplies' for quake-hit regions 1
Philippine coast guard personnel load food packs onto a truck destined for victims of recent earthquakes in Mindanao at a welfare warehouse in Manila on November 1, 2019. Ted Aljibe, AFP

MANILA -- The social welfare department said Saturday it "has enough relief supplies" for quake-hit regions Soccsksargen and Davao, where at least 22 people have died from a series of tremors since Oct. 16.

Two mobile storage units, one from the United Nations World Food Programme, with a capability to store 1,600 cubic metric tons of goods, was set up in Kidapawan City, Cotabato, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said in a statement.

A community kitchen will also be set up in Barangay Masilasa, Makilala town by the DSWD Field Office-Soccsksargen, it added.

As of posting, the agency said it has provided some P6 million worth of aid to a total of 29,349 families or 146,745 individuals from 149 barangays in the two regions. 

Some 4,127 families or 20,635 persons are currently staying in 27 evacuation centers, while 1,370 families or 6,850 persons are with their relatives or friends.

The agency's field offices in Davao and Soccsksargen have recorded 20,913 destroyed houses and 6,397 partially damaged homes.

The DSWD said it has coordinated with the military, the Philippine Coast Guard and the Philippine Air Force for the transport of relief goods to remote areas.