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DSWD prepositions over 13.2 M worth of food packs for Metro Manila LGUs


The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has already prepositioned family food packs (FFPs) in the different local government units as the whole Metro Manila was placed under General Community Quarantine with Alert Level 4 in September 16.

Based on the September 20, 5 PM report of the National Resource and Logistics Management Bureau (NRLMB), more than 13.2 million worth of food packs, which is equivalent to 17,000 FFPs, were augmented to 16 cities and one municipality in the region. DSWD has allocated 1,000 food packs for each LGU, prior to their request for resource augmentation.

Pursuant to the Memorandum Circular No. 11, series of 2021, the provision of family food packs is a co-sharing responsibility of DSWD and the concerned LGU. With this, households in lockdown areas will receive food packs from their respective LGU for the first seven days while the Department will augment on the eight and following days of the quarantine.

Resource Augmentation to LGUs

LGUs with areas under granular lockdown, as ratified by the Regional Inter-Agency Task Force against COVID-19, need to submit a formal request to the concerned DSWD-Field Office for augmentation of family food packs.

Following the MC 11, s. 2021, a city or a municipality has to comply with the requirements such as a request letter duly signed by the Local Chief Executive (LCE) indicating the number of requested FFPs and enclosed implementation plan; a master-list of beneficiaries/recipients for granular lockdown and isolation assistance; and a resolution or certification from LCE on the declaration of granular lockdown.

The DSWD also emphasized that this is the same process that the LGUs undergo for the request of resource augmentation during times of calamities, disaster, and earthquake. This is in accordance to the MC 10, series of 2018 or the Guidelines on the Provision for Technical Assistance and Resource Augmentation to Local Government Units through LSWDO.

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