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In a remarkable display of urgency and compassion, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has taken immediate action to aid the communities devastated by typhoon Egay in both the Ilocos Region and Cagayan Valley. DSWD Secretary Rex Gatchalian wasted no time in ordering the delivery of 20,000 family food packs (FFPs) to Ilocos Region on Thursday, July 27, while also dispatching 17,000 food packs to Cagayan Valley the day before.

The Disaster Response and Management Group (DRMG) was given explicit instructions by Secretary Gatchalian to utilize their service providers for the swift distribution of the much-needed 20,000 FFPs from the National Resource Operations Center (NROC) in Pasay City. Speaking directly to DRMG Assistant Secretary Marlon Alagao, Gatchalian emphasized the urgency of the situation, urging them to do whatever it takes to ensure the timely delivery of the requested food packs to the affected regions.

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Even before this, the DSWD-DRMG had already dispatched 17,000 FFPs to four warehouses strategically located in Cagayan, Isabela, and Quirino provinces within Cagayan Valley. The proactive approach aimed to provide immediate relief to those who were most affected by the wrath of typhoon Egay.

Not stopping there, the DSWD-Ilocos Regional Director, Marie Angela Gopalan, recognized the ongoing need and requested an additional 20,000 FFPs from the DSWD Central Office to replenish their stocks and continue assisting the affected families.

In a similar vein, the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) Field Office also expressed the urgency of their situation, requesting 10,000 FFPs to restock their supplies and ensure that they can continue aiding their affected communities.

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The DSWD-Ilocos Regional Office has already allocated a considerable amount, worth P8,286,307.16, for humanitarian aid to families and individuals who were severely impacted by the typhoon. Assistant Secretary Romel Lopez reassured the public that despite the damage caused by heavy rains to the stockpile in Laoag City, there were still ample relief supplies in the Field Office Ilocos Region.

Lopez further asserted that the regional office and its warehouses had more than enough resources to support those in need, with over 77,000 FFPs and more than 28,000 non-food items available for distribution.

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The DSWD remains committed to continuously monitoring the situation of displaced families currently seeking refuge in 108 evacuation centers throughout the Ilocos Region. It is evident that the DSWD’s dedication to assisting the affected communities is unwavering, and they stand ready to provide further aid and support as necessary.

In the neighboring region of Cagayan Valley, the DSWD has already made significant progress in extending assistance. On July 26, they successfully delivered 17,000 food packs to four warehouses in the area, providing vital augmentation support to the local government units (LGUs) grappling with the aftermath of typhoon Egay.

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Distributing a total of 17,000 food packs to various regions, each carefully earmarked to reach those who required it the most.

Santiago, Isabela, welcomed the arrival of 4,500 food packs, a gesture that would undoubtedly alleviate the burdens carried by its residents. Meanwhile, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan, was blessed with 8,000 food packs, ensuring that the city’s inhabitants could find some relief amidst challenging times.

The convoy’s journey didn’t stop there, as 1,500 food packs reached Cabarroguis, Quirino, offering a glimmer of hope to the community facing hardships. Lastly, the warmth of compassion extended to Abulug, Cagayan, where 3,000 food packs landed, providing nourishment and support to those facing difficulties in the region.

Regional Director Lucia Alan of DSWD-Field Office II reported that currently, there are 1,332 families comprising 4,322 individuals taking refuge in 75 evacuation centers across Cagayan Valley. The distribution of the food packs is a critical step in ensuring that these displaced families receive essential sustenance during these trying times.

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In addition to the DSWD’s efforts, concerned LGUs have contributed to the humanitarian aid, with a combined total of about P1 million worth of assistance provided to families affected by typhoon Egay and the enhanced southwest monsoon.

To further demonstrate their commitment to aiding those in need, the DSWD maintains substantial stockpiles and standby funds amounting to a staggering P2.16 billion, which they are more than willing to distribute to concerned LGUs should the need arise.

In conclusion, the DSWD’s unwavering dedication to serving the typhoon-affected communities in Ilocos Region and Cagayan Valley is evident in their swift and strategic actions. With the immediate delivery of 20,000 food packs to Ilocos Region and 17,000 packs already dispatched to Cagayan Valley, they have exemplified their commitment to providing timely aid to those in distress. As the affected regions continue their recovery and rehabilitation efforts, the DSWD stands ready to support and assist in any way possible, ensuring that no family or individual is left to face these challenging times alone.