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P930-M is being prepared by DSWD for ‘Odette.’

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) announced on Wednesday that it had more than PHP930 million in reserve money to help those affected by Typhoon Odette.

More than 350,000 Family Food Packs (FFPs) are ready for immediate distribution to families who will be affected by the weather disturbance, according to the statement. About PHP83 million is allotted for the purchase of additional supplies for disaster operations, while more than 350,000 Family Food Packs (FFPs) are readily available for immediate distribution to families who will be affected by the weather disturbance.

It also promised technical aid and resource augmentation to residents who may be affected by “Odette.”

“Quick Response Teams (QRTs) in Regions 5 (Bicol), 7 (Central Visayas), and 8 (Eastern Visayas) are presently on standby,” the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Disaster Response Management Group (DRMG) announced on Wednesday.
More than 3,000 food packets have been pre-positioned by the DSWD 6 (Western Visayas) in Bago City, Negros Occidental, more than 1,000 in Dumarao, Capiz, and more than 2,000 in Banga, Aklan.

The DSWD has more than 27,000 FFPs ready in their warehouses in the Bicol region, as well as backup funding of more than PHP5 million that might be used in disaster response operations.

Meanwhile, based on Republic Act 10121, or the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010, the department is activating its communication lines with local government units, which are the first responders during natural and man-made disasters.

To avoid any unpleasant situations, the DSWD further advised the public to remain vigilant and heed the warnings of their local officials.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) claimed “Odette” has intensified more while heading west-northwestward over the Philippine Sea in its most recent update.

It was estimated that “Odette” was 485 kilometers east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, with maximum sustained winds of 130 kilometers per hour around the center and gustiness of up to 160 kilometers per hour, according to the report.

In several sections of the Visayas and Mindanao, Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 2 has been raised, as “Odette” is forecast to make landfall on Thursday afternoon or evening.

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