The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is prepared to send augmentation assistance to local government units (LGUs) affected by flooding in the northern part of Cebu province and parts of Negros Oriental, an official of the agency’s Disaster Response Management Group (DRMG) said on Wednesday (July 10).

“Following the instructions of President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr., the DSWD, through its Field Office in Central Visayas Region, is consistently coordinating with concerned LGUs and counterpart offices to ensure that those affected by the flooding due to the easterlies will receive sufficient assistance,” Asst. Secretary for DRMG Irene Dumlao, who is also the DSWD spokesperson, said.

As of press time, the DSWD FO-7 (Central Visayas) has an inventory of 56,258 boxes of family food packs (FFPs) worth Php32.8 million as well as other food and non-food items amounting to Php50.7 million and standby funds worth Php5 million.

In addition, the DSWD Visayas Disaster Resource Center (VDRC) in Mandaue City has 60,636 boxes of FFPs and a stockpile of other food and non-food items worth Php20.9 million.

The DSWD Field Office-7 also rendered technical assistance to the Municipality of Bindoy in Negros Oriental in the profiling of internally displaced persons (IDPs) seeking temporary shelter in evacuation centers.

The Department also reminded affected citizens to continue to remain vigilant and alert, and to cooperate with their local executives to prevent any untoward incidents due to the inclement weather. #