DSWD Central Visayas need volunteers to prepare “Ruby” food packs

CEBU CITY, Dec. 7 — The Department of Social Welfare and Development here is in need of volunteers to help prepare some 100,000 family food packs for distribution to communities hit by typhoon “Ruby” in Region 7. The 100,000 family food packs are worth P16.3 million.

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Volunteers may report to the Cebu International Convention Center located in Mandaue City.

The agency has already readied 26,449 family food packs worth P9.3 million in its warehouses, according to public information officer Leah Quintana.

About P11.8 million worth of blankets, towels, water containers, shirts, underwear, kitchen utensils, sleeping mats, mosquito nets and children’s clothes are also available for possible distribution to affected communities.

Quintana said Bohol has 6,000 family food packs worth Php2,004 each containing six kilos of rice, eight canned goods, eight packs of instant noodles and eight packs of instant coffee.

Assistant Director for Operations Shalaine Lucero said they have sent food packs to Camotes Island and Bantayan Island, which remain under storm signal number 2.

“We have positioned goods in Bohol, Negros Oriental and other local government units in Cebu,” Lucero said.

Aside from the stockpile, Bohol has P4.5 million worth of food items for relief operations.

She said Negros Oriental and Siquijor have a combined P991,125 worth of food and other items for distribution.

The agency has a P60-million budget for typhoon “Ruby” relief operations and that the repacking of the bulk of relief goods is being done in Cebu, as the relief operation hub, according to Kerwin Macoopa of DSWD 7. (PNA)

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