DSWD sends response teams to regions for Typhoon Ompong

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) deployed quick response teams on Friday, September 14, to facilitate the management of evacuation centers in regions expected to be hit hardest by Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut).

In a statement, Social Welfare Secretary Virginia Orogo said teams from DSWD field offices in Cagayan Valley, the Ilocos Region, the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), and Central Luzon are on standby 24/7 to help local government units.

Part of their tasks would be to ensure psychosocial support as well as child- and women-friendly spaces in evacuation centers.

Aside from their deployment, the following measures have also been taken:

Meanwhile, the DSWD also requested the logistics cluster of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) to transport 1,600 food packs to Basco, Batanes.

An additional 1,600 food packs for CAR, as well as 7,400 sleeping kits, 7,834 hygiene kits, and 8,900 family kits for the Ilocos Region will also be delivered.

On Thursday, September 13, the DSWD went on red alert to monitor areas in the path of Ompong and prepare for disaster response.

According to the NDRRMC, at least 5.2 million people may be affected by the typhoon, which will bring intense rain, strong winds, and possibly storm surges up to 6 meters high.

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Sofia Tomacruz

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