DSWD assures sufficient relief goods in typhoon-affected areas PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 October 2010 13:45

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon "Dinky" Soliman on Wednesday said that there is no immediate need to airlift relief goods in typhoon-battered provinces in Regions 1, 2, 3 and the Cordillera Administrative Region as the emergency supplies stockpiled there are still sufficient despite the growing number of affected families.

Soliman attributes this to the fact that the large rations enclosed in their family packs are sufficient to feed displaced families for a period of seven days.

"Our family packs contain around five kilograms of rice, assorted canned goods, one pack of instant coffee, one kilogram of sugar, one pack of milk, and blankets and clothing sufficient for a family of five," the DSWD chief said.

She also said that the agency has more than sufficient items to airlift to the affected areas once relief goods there start to run low.

But despite this, Soliman said that they are still accepting donations from charitable individuals or organizations, adding that these items could go a long way in "helping our distressed countrymen."

Around 3,000 families were reportedly displaced by strong winds and rains brought about by typhoon "Juan."

The storm also destroyed P1.5 billion worth of crops in the above-mentioned regions.