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DSWD braces for La Niña; readies ‘Buong Bansa Handa’ project

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The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has started preparing for the onset of the La Niña phenomenon, which is expected to happen this June, by ensuring that its disaster preparedness and response strategies are in place to mitigate the possible effects of the wet season.

DSWD Assistant Secretary for Disaster Response Management Group (DRMG) Irene Dumlao also disclosed “the framework agreement for Buong Bansa Handa Project has been approved.”

“The procurement process is also ongoing because what we want to happen is for the assistance to be immediately delivered when the rainy season arrives,” she said.

According to Dumlao, who is also the DSWD spokesperson, the Buong Bansa Handa project will establish two parallel supply chain mechanisms for disaster preparedness and response which will enhance the capacity of the Department in meeting the needs of families in various disaster-stricken areas.

The first mechanism features a national and local government-driven supply chain that will improve the production capacities and processes of the DSWD’s National Resource Operations Center (NROC) in Pasay City, the Visayas Disaster Resource Center (VDRC) in Cebu, and warehouse and storage facilities across the 16 DSWD Field Offices.

For the second mechanism, Dumlao explained the DSWD will forge partnerships with established large and small groceries, supermarkets, manufacturers, and distributors to leverage on their technical expertise and resources to create a private sector-driven supply chain.

(Enough relief supplies in warehouses)

Dumlao said the agency is monitoring the relief supplies and ensuring that there are enough family food packs (FFPs) and non-food items (NFIs) prepositioned in the different warehouses in the country.

““We have an inventory, of course, of all our warehouses—our last-mile facilities, our spokes, so we can ensure that all those facilities have sufficient FFPs and NFIs. Likewise, in our hubs, we are monitoring the procurement to ensure the availability of supplies so as not to hamper the production of our FFPs and NFIs.),” said the DSWD spokesperson.

As of April 29, a total of 387,124 FFPs have been prepositioned in the 10 DSWD hubs while 602,113 boxes of food packs were sent to the 66 spokes and 545,526 FFPs in the 849 last mile facilities across the country.

Dumlao pointed out that the DSWD is also monitoring the evacuation centers to ensure that evacuees will be provided with necessary interventions.

To date, there are 18,069 evacuation centers around the country that can be used to provide temporary shelter to internally displaced individuals.

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