By Mars W. Mosqueda Jr.
Cebu City – At least 14 families composed of 62 individuals arrived in this city Friday after fleeing war-torn Marawi City.
The evacuees arrived on the MV Trans Asia 8 at Pier 5. They were met by personnel from the Cebu City government for profiling.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VII has sent 20,000 family food packs to Mindanao for families affected by the fighting in Marawi.
Last May 25 and 26, DSWD 7 sent 10,000 food packs to Iligan City and on May 28 and 29, another 10,000 packs were delivered to Cagayan de Oro City.
The agency provided support to DSWD-ARMM and Northern Mindanao as part of government efforts to provide assistance to those affected, said DSWD Regional Director Evelyn Macapobre.
Each family food pack contains six kilos rice, four cans of sardines, for cans of corned beef or beef loaf and six sachets of instant coffee.
“Through the Visayas Disaster Response Center (VDRC), we were able to improve the production of food packs using the mechanized production system, storage of food packs and warehousing of food and non-food commodities,” Macapobre said.
DSWD put up the center to improve emergency response through assistance from the United Nations World Food Programme (UNWFP) and the governments of Australia and the United Kingdom.
Since the center opened in April 2016, DSWD has sent relief assistance to Region 2 for Typhoon Lawin, Regions 5 and 8 for Typhoon Nina, and Region 13 for the 6.7 magnitude earthquake in Surigao del Norte.
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