DSWD bracing for super typhoon; relief, disaster response set
MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine government is bracing for the possible effects approaching super typhoon Mawar, particularly in the Ilocos and Cagayan Valley regions.
Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Rex Gatchalian on Tuesday said the agency has already prepositioned goods across the country and is ready to provide aid if needed.
“We have prepositioned goods everywhere in the country. We have worked with Pagasa on the modeling that it seems going to, it seems at this point, kasi it’s very early. It’s going to affect Regions II, Regions I, all the way to Batanes,” he said.
He said the agency has also augmented the stockpile of food packs in Northern Luzon in preparation for the storm.
“Right now, ang average kasi nila will be around 30 to 50,000 in those two regions, independently of each other. Naka-preposition na iyon. But we are doubling it up.The goal here is to double it before the end of business tomorrow,” Gatchalian said, adding that they have started mobilizing as early as this weekend.
The food packs will be in those areas with DSWD field offices now working with the local government units for logistical support.
Gatchalian also gave an assurance that there is enough fund that could be used for disaster response and that the quick response fund (QRF) from the national government could be readily made available.
“Remember in the quick response fund natin, part n’ya is preparedness, making sure that handa tayo even before the storms come in. At DSWD, we have a full department doing disaster response,” he explained.
“It’s not a one-shot deal na kapag may bagyo lang na dumadating. All year long, they do these types of stockpiling activities, identifying, and when I was signed up, we were talking about… we are trying to expand our warehouse system.That is what we are utilizing now, the warehouse system — the LGUs or (that of the) national government or (concerned) national government agencies.”
PAGASA said “Mawar” has intensified into a super typhoon early Tuesday afternoon and is expected to enter the Philippine area of responsibility by Friday or Saturday.
Although the storm is not expected to make landfall and will have no direct effect on the country’s weather system, it may enhance the southwest monsoon or habagat by Friday, according to the weather bureau.
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