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DSWD distributes 166K food boxes to victims of ‘Odette’ in E. Visayas.

Typhoon Odette victims in Eastern Visayas received 165,940 family food kits from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

According to Abelardo Bibat, DSWD Eastern Visayas regional information officer, the DSWD has already distributed PHP97.29 million in food assistance to badly-affected families in the provinces of Southern Leyte, Leyte, and Eastern Samar as of January 26.

Food packets have been provided at Dulag, Hilongos, Hindang, Matalom, Tacloban City, Bato, Inopacan, Javier, Abuyog, and Mahaplag in the province of Leyte.

The towns of Anahawan, Hinunangan, Hinundayan, St. Bernard, San Juan, Silago, Liloan, Pintuyan, San Francisco, San Ricardo, Bontoc, Libagon, Limasawa, Maasin City, Macrohon, Malitbog, Padre Burgos, Sogod, and Tomas Oppus are among the grantees in Southern Leyte.

In the province of Eastern Samar, the agency also provided food bags to Mercedes town.

Each FFP includes 6 kilograms of rice, four cans of corned beef, four cans of tuna flakes, two cans of sardines, five sachets of coffee, and five sachets of cereal drink, enough for a family of five to eat for two to three days.

“To expedite the distribution of family food packets, the DSWD has been cooperating with other members of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council and local government units,” Bibat added.

Meanwhile, the DSWD has kept 11,604 food packs at its regional resource operations section warehouse in Palo, Leyte, as well as storage facilities in Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, and Biliran.

“Storing food packs in several strategic areas ahead of a crisis would enable us to respond quickly to requests from local government entities,” Bibat added.

The relief materials delivered to the families were packed by volunteers from the Philippine National Police, the Bureau of Fire Protection, and the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

Local governments are the first responders under the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010, while the DSWD is entrusted with supplementing disaster response operations.

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