By Mike Crismundo
The government on Saturday and Sunday started distributing thousands of family food packs (FFPs) and food and nonfood items (FNFI) to families affected by the ongoing gunbattle between government security forces and members of the Maute group, in a bid to wrest full control of the besieged Marawi City.
Regional Director Mita Chuchi G. Lim of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD 13) told The Manila Bulletin on Sunday (May 28) that 10,000 FFPs were already transported for the affected families in that Muslim-dominated city of Marawi.
“We have another standby 20,000 FFPs ready for augmentation,” she said.
These FFPs contained rice, canned goods, coffee, sugar and other food items, she added.
Meanwhile, the regional office of the DSWD 12 also delivered on Saturday 20,000 FFPs, 20,000 pieces of malong, 3,000 pieces of hygiene kits, 3,000 plastic mats, 1,000 high-energy biscuits, 1,000 bottled mineral water and 20 rolls (at 100 meters per roll) of laminated sacks to the newly opened operations center in the municipality of Malabang in Lanao del Sur for the big number of evacuees there, it was also learned.
The DSWD, through its Disaster Response Assistance and Management Bureau (DRAMB) and the National Resource Operations Center (NROC), is also set to send 10,000 additional FFPs and FNFIs and tents in coordination with the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG).
The regional office of the DSWD 11 has prepositioned FFPs and FNFIs and ensured the availability of evacuation centers or safe areas where tents can be installed to assist the affected families.
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