DSWD readies 50,000 additional family food packs for Cordillera
BAGUIO CITY, Apr. 20 (PIA) – – Relief operation of the Department of Social and Welfare and Development – Cordillera (DSWD – CAR) got a boost with the augmentation of 50,000 family food packs(FFPs) from its Central Office.
DSWD – CAR Regional Director Leo Quintilla, in a media briefing on April 17, reported that materials for the production of 25,000 FPPs have arrived from DSWD Central and they have already coordinated with the National Food Authority for the local purchase of rice.
The delivery of food materials for another 25,000 FFPs is expected this week for augmentation in the province of Apayao, Abra and Ifugao.
Quintilla explained that for provision of relief goods to COVID – 19 affected families, it is the local government units that first respond to the needs of their constituents. The DSWD comes in only if the LGUs have exhausted their emergency/calamity fund and they request for augmentation.
Per DSWD – CAR monitoring as of 4pm of April 16, LGUs in Cordillera reported a total of 1,187 barangays with 379,091 families (including 60,164 household beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program) or 1,518,968 individuals as part of the COVID-affected population in the region.
As of the reporting period, a total of 18,760 FFPs were already augmented by the DSWD – CAR to the affected communities in the region. There are still 22,156 FFPs that are prepositioned and ready for augmentation to the different provinces of Cordillera.
With the coming in of 50,000 more FPPs from the DSWD Central Office, the Cordillera regional office will have more than enough stockpile for relief operation and for any emergency, DSWD – CAR also maintains a P3 million quick reaction fund.
On the Social Amelioration Program, Quintilla said DSWD – CAR has already downloaded around P1.3 billion for the cash subsidy of verified and qualified beneficiaries in all the 77 LGUs (2 cities and 75 municipalities) in Cordillera. Distribution is already on-going in all the provinces in the region. As per April 16 data of DSWD – CAR, around P77.88 million SAP fund has already been dispersed to 14,226 families in the different provinces in the region.
In addition to the 60,164 4Ps beneficiaries in the region, the SAP cash subsidy of P5,500 is set to benefit 40,825 families in Abra; 11,915 in Apayao; 45,000 in Baguio City; 59,962 in Benguet; 27,228 inIfugao; 25,088 in Kalinga; and 27,371 in Mountain Province. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)