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Raw materials, personnel shortage delay family food pack aid — DSWD

By Charissa Luci-Atienza

The shortage of raw materials and lack of personnel were among the reasons why the delivery of Family Food Packs (FFP) has been delayed in some areas in the country, including in the National Capital Region (NCR) during the coronavirus lockdown, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) explained.

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DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista said the agency has always been ready to provide augmentation support to the local government units (LGUs) once they make such request to assist them in handling emergencies or calamities.

“Sa level po ng DSWD, kung sino ang nagrerequest ayun po yung binibigyan natin at prinaprayoridad,” he said over DZME’s “Kongreso Ngayon, at your Service” program.

(In the DSWD’s level, those who made the requests are given [family food packs] and we prioritize them.)

“Halos nagkasabay sabay ang lahat ng regions para bumili o kumuha ng raw materials kaya pagdating dito sa NCR, yung mga ibang regions dito na rin kumuha nagkaron po talaga ng shortage ng raw materials. Even private organizations, nag agawan po talaga sa mga raw materials dun po talaga kami nagkaroon ng problem,” he explained.

(Almost all regions purchased their raw materials, that is why when it comes to NCR, other regions sourced out their materials here, there was really shortage of raw materials. Even private organization, all scrambled to get raw materials and that’s where we got problem. )

Last week, lawmakers, led by Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano criticized the undue delays in the distribution of food packs to indigent families.

During the joint House panel’s probe on the implementation of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) last June 22, Cayetano showed a flow-chart indicating that it took 53 days to deliver 7,000 out of 50,000 promised family food packs in his own district of Taguig-Pateros.

Bautista also admitted the agency’s lack of people caused the delay in the distribution of Family Food Packs (FFPs) to the most affected communities, particularly in the NCR.

He said that while they are distributing the SAP, the repacking of food packs continues, and when these are done at the same time, that’s when the lack of personnel arises.

House Minority Leader and Manila Rep. Bienvenido Abante Jr., who was part of the program, asked Bautista to tap the assistance of the LGUs.

Bautista assured Abante that the DSWD is addressing the problem by setting up satellite hubs for their repacking activities, including in Taguig

“Sinunod po namin ang (We followed the) advice ng (of the) Speaker. We designated four satellite hubs as repacking areas, that is what we are doing –one in Taguig, and others in Caloocan, Manila, but I have to confirm,” he said.

He noted that it was the DSWD Field Office-NCR that established the satellite hubs to address the agency’s lack of personnel when it comes to repacking relief goods.


Source: Manila Bulletin (https://news.mb.com.ph/2020/06/28/raw-materials-personnel-shortage-delay-family-food-pack-aid-dswd/)

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