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Food packs ready for NCR communities under granular lockdown —DSWD

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has prepositioned thousands of food packs that will be distributed to Metro Manila residents affected by granular lockdowns amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to DSWD Assistant Secretary Glenda Relova, 1,000 food packs have been prepositioned each for Caloocan, La Piñas, Parañaque, Pateros, Mandaluyong, Manila, Marikina, Taguig and Valenzuela.

"Later in this week ipe-preposition na rin natin sa ibang cities at sa isang municipality ng NCR (National Capital Region) yung atin pong mga food packs," Relova told Unang Balita.

An affected family will receive three food packs in a week, she said.

Relova said under the guidelines of the new alert level system being pilot-tested in Metro Manila, the DSWD will provide assistance on the second week of the two-week granular lockdown, with the first week covered by the local government unit.

"In the event na hindi pa rin bumababa ang surge at kinakailangan pa rin ng ayuda, o ma-extend ang granular lockdown, patuloy pa rin nag mago-augment ang DSWD," she said.

(In case there is still a surge or the granular lockdown is extended, the DSWD will continue to augment the assistance to the affected communities.)

Relova said the department has P1.3 billion worth of food packs "and non-food items" prepositioned for the pilot implementation of alert level system and granular lockdown in the NCR.

"Nagprepara na rin kami ng paghingi ng supplemental budget sa DBM (Department of Budget and Management) para kung sakaling maging nationwide ang implementation nito," she said.

(We've prepared a request for supplemental budget from the DBM in case the implementation of this new system becomes nationwide.)  —KBK, GMA News