In line with the implementation of granular lockdowns, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) ensured its continuous provision of assistance to families and individuals affected by the stricter quarantine measures in Metro Manila and some nearby provinces.
The DSWD, amid the spike in COVID-19 infections in some areas, continues the provision of Family Food Packs (FFPs) to local government units (LGUs) under Alert Level 3, as part of its mandate on resource augmentation.
Moreover, the Department assured the affected residents that it has enough budget and resources for its pandemic response operations. As of January 10, the DSWD maintains stockpiles and standby funds worth more than Php 895.7 million. Of this figure, more than Php 102 million is the standby funds of the Central Office and Field Offices while over Php 37.18 million is the available Quick Response Fund.
The DSWD also has more than 299,000 FFPs prepositioned in strategic locations that are ready for distribution to the affected population. Furthermore, the Department continues repacking activities for possible augmentation.
Meanwhile, the National Capital Region was placed under the Alert Level 3 on January 3, while nearby provinces including Bulacan, Cavite and Rizal were declared on January 5. The Province of Laguna was also in the same alert level starting January 7.
The DSWD vowed to closely coordinate with the LGUs in the affected areas to ensure continued provision of assistance. ###