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MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is appealing to volunteers to help with the packing of additional relief goods for those affected by Super Typhoon Lawin (Haima).
The DSWD, the lead agency for disaster response, said on Wednesday, October 19, that it is looking for volunteers who live near the packing center:
DSWD National Resource Operations Center
Barangay 195, NAIA Chapel Road
Sign up here if you or your organization wish to help in preparing the relief goods. You can choose to volunteer under 3 shifts:
9 am – 4 pm
4 pm – 12 am
1 am – 9 am
The DSWD said there is no shortage of supplies, but the agency anticipates more demand and will need help with packing.
Social Welfare and Development Secretary Judy Taguiwalo earlier called on the public to be prepared and evacuate when needed. She also gave assurances that the DSWD prepositioned relief goods in affected areas.
“Magtulungan po tayo sa ating mga komunidad. Huwag tayong magkanya-kanya sa panahong dapat ay sama-sama,” Taguiwalo said.
(Let’s help each other in our communities. It’s a time for solidarity.)
The DSWD’s prepositioned goods include food and non-food items such as ready-to-eat rice tuna, bottled mineral water, mats, blankets, malong, mosquito nets, water jugs, and clothing.
As of Wednesday afternoon, the agency’s stockpile and standby funds amount to at least P1.4 billion. There is also a total of 508,358 family food packs amounting to about P183.6 million and available food and non-food items worth P565.8 million.
The response cluster of the DSWD is also monitoring calls for help through the following channels:
Tweet using the hashtag #ReliefPH
Text RELIEFPH <NAME> <LOCATION> <HELP NEEDED> to 2929 (Smart and Sun)
Text to 0995-5371024 (Globe)
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