LEGAZPI CITY – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Bicol has preposition some 19,555 food packs in its strategic warehouse in the region while another 30,000 family food items are likewise being repacked in anticipation of a possible onslaught by Tropical Depression (TD) Rolly.
At least 5,000 more food packs are on the way to the region from the DSWD central office in Manila.
DSWD-Bicol social worker Marites Quismorio reported during a recent virtual meeting of regional officials that non-food items are likewise put on standby including at least 47 sets of tents, 5,494 boxes of sleeping kits, 1,089 boxes of family kits, 1,000 sets of hygiene kits, and 3,673 kitchen kits.
Quismorio said at least 34,941 pieces of “malong” (tube skirt), 1,514 laminated sacks, and 21,330 pieces of blankets are also ready on stand-by, and that the early preparation of both food and non-food items by their office is aimed at ensuring immediate resource augmentation in case TD Rolly hits Bicol.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) in its advisory said “Rolly” may enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Thursday and is expected to eventually reach typhoon category and hit Bicol on Sunday.