Amidst the threat of the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office MIMAROPA provided a total of 17,142 Family Food Packs (FFPs) amounting to PHP 7,713,900.00 to several Local Government Units in the region.
The Social Welfare and Development Teams in the provinces, together with the Local Government Units, have already distributed Family Food Packs to 12,016 low-income affected indigent families and individuals in four (4) Municipalities in Occidental Mindoro, four (4) Municipalities in Oriental Mindoro, two (2) Municipalities in Marinduque, and 16 Municipalities in Romblon amounting to PHP 6,105,277.50 as of May 16, 2020.
“Maraming, maraming salamat po. Napakalaking tulong po (n)ito sa amin. Pakipaabot na rin po sa inyong tanggapan ang aming pasasalamat.” said Melvin Recana with other stranded informal workers as they received the Family Food Packs through Field Office CALABARZON. Due to the corresponding imposition of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), ingress and egress to and from MIMAROPA have been restricted affecting the population’s mobility. As of May 15, a total of 700 affected individuals including stranded workers, students, and tourists were served through Region/SWADTs Crisis Intervention Units (CIU) with 717 Family Food Packs amounting to PHP 322,650.00.
During the implementation of ECQ, the department assured that the basic needs of the affected individuals and communities shall be provided. Non-food items comprised of hygiene kits amounting to PHP 375,427.50 were also given to 210 families in the Municipalities of Gasan, Marinduque, Sta. Fe and Sta. Maria, Romblon as of May 11.
Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer Mary Anne M. Larracas also expressed her gratitude to the department for the Food Items distribution in Torrijos, Marinduque, “Maraming salamat sa inyo sa family food packs para sa mga PWD at mga lupon (ng barangay) dito sa amin.”
As of May 12, DSWD MIMAROPA has a total food and non-food items and standby funds amounting to PHP 38,451,019.69 with the breakdown as follows: total of 14,033 Family Food Packs (FFPs) amounting to PHP 6,314,850.00; Other Food Items (Raw Materials) amounting to PHP 4,313,203.00; and Non-food Items amounting to PHP 5,009,477.50 are available FNIs of the region, Standby Funds equivalent to PHP 3,069,989.19 and Quick Response Fund (FFPs for COVID-19) amounting to PHP 20,000,000.00 ready and available to serve the affected people already made vulnerable by food insecurity, malnutrition, and the effects of the pandemic and other disasters.
“Natatakot din po kami kasi baka pag-uwi namin may dala na kami (COVID-19) pero mas mahirap po yung kalagayan nila. Kung dati 300 pesos yung pamasahe papunta at pabalik sa bayan (ng Torrijos), ngayong may COVID, doble. Wala silang mabiling pagkain,” said Ma. Luisa C. Lanario, DRMD frontliner staff in Marinduque on taking risks of serving the Marinduqueños through food distribution.
The department through its Regional/Province/City/Municipal Quick Response Team in MIMAROPA has been attentive in coordination with different stakeholders such as the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) MIMAROPA and especially the LGUs concern for the continuous monitoring of the situation in the region and allocation of food packs to be distributed in time of schedule.
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