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Tuesday, March 28, 2023

DSWD-10 to augment LGUs’ COVID-19 response with 73,655 food packs

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA)–Primarily tasked to augment provision of food and non-food assistance to local government units (LGUs), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-10 is targeting to repack 73,655 food packs with about P26 million budget allocation.

“Ang gihimo sa DSWD as per request from the LGU. Duna sila’y listahan ana mao kini ang basehan sa atong tagaan (The DSWD will wait for the request of the LGU. They [LGUs] have their own list and this will be the basis for the distribution),” Assistant Regional Director for Operations Aldersey M. dela Cruz of DSWD-10 said.

DSWD-10 prioritizes the beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, informal sector, Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT), and Listahanan. Such will be forwarded to the local chief executives so there won’t be any duplication of beneficiaries within the latter’s area of responsibility. 

“Responsible in food distribution is the local government unit,” dela Cruz said.

Since this is the primary role of the LGU, the assistant regional director said the LGU must promptly come up with the list of households whom they are going to provide assistance with.

DSWD-10 has already hired volunteers to repack the goods and they are targeting to complete such by mid-April. 

Furthermore, the department has identified prepositioned areas for distribution and with the aid of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, deliveries will be conducted at Maramag and Malaybalay in Bukidnon, Sinacaban and Oroquieta City in Misamis Occidental, and negotiations are currently held with a private facility for Camiguin area. (RTP/PIA10)

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