Quick Response Teams from DSWD are now on standby for Typhoon Henry

DSWD's Quick Response Teams (QRTs) are on alert for Typhoon Henry's potential effects in the Philippines. Photo: DSWD

The Department of Social Welfare and Development's (DSWD) Quick Response Teams (QRTs) are currently on alert for Typhoon Henry's potential effects in the Philippines as part of its preparation efforts.

DSWD Secretary Erwin T. Tulfo gave this assurance during a briefing with the heads of Field Offices (FOs) I, II, and III and the Cordillera Administrative Region on August 31, 2022. (CAR).

The Secretary also instructed the regional directors to preposition resources for low-income municipalities.

DSWD has stockpiles and standby funds totaling more than P1.5 billion as of September 1, 2022, for its disaster response operations. 

From the sum above, the Central Office and DSWD FOs have more than P600 million in standby funds available, and there are also 500,376 FFPs worth more than P300 million, other food items worth more than P180 million, and non-food items worth more than P424 million that have been strategically prepositioned in different parts of the nation.

To prevent any untoward incidents brought on by the bad weather, the Department also reminded citizens to continue to be watchful, alert, and cooperative with the instructions of their local executives.

Secretary Tulfo reassured the public that the DSWD is prepared to assist everyone in need.

“Always bear in mind na tutulong lagi kami pag may bagyo (to always help in times of disaster). Always be alert and always be ready,” the Secretary concluded. —iTacloban

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