Caraga Region— Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office Caraga thru the Disaster Response Management Division, disbursed more than twelve (12) million to provide aid to families in several municipalities and cities in Caraga affected by the community quarantine due to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
To date, a total of 36,060 Family Food Packs (FFPs) amounting to PhP 12, 732, 324.00 were augmented to the following Local Government Units (LGUs): Mainit, Sison, Bacuag, Malimono, Burgos, Del Carmen, Pilar, San Benito, Santa Monica and Claver, Surigao del Norte; Tago and Cagwait, Surigao del Sur; Butuan City, and Tubay, Agusan del Norte.
A Family Food Pack is composed of 6 kilos rice, 4 tin cans of Corned Beef, 4 tin cans of sardines, and 6 sachets of instant coffee which amounts to PhP 360.30/pack. Each pack is expected to last for 2 days and 1 night for a family of four.
Last April 06, 2020, the whole region of Caraga was declared under enhanced community quarantine due to the existing worldwide health crisis COVID-19. This has left more than 400,000 low income families affected in Caraga alone.
According to the World Health Organization 2020, COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This disease began in Wuhan, China in December 2019. It primarily spreads from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth. People can also be infected by touching objects or surfaces with droplets from an infected person, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.
In this time of crisis, it is important to provide unwavering assistance to our fellow Caraganons thru the strong partnership with the LGUs and other national agencies. Thus, when the Quick Response Fund of the LGUs have been exhausted, DSWD can provide augmentation support in order to maintain the unhampered delivery of relief aid and social services to affected communities.
As the Vice Chair for Disaster Response and the lead of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Response Pillar, DSWD envisions a stronger Filipino community that is capable in coping with different crises.