July 17, 2024

The Department of Social Welfare and Development-Cordillera is intensifying its effort to augment the local government units in responding to the needs of those affected by the Covid-19.
For January, the DSWD released for augmentation 11,763 family food packs amounting to P6.19 million of which 10,910 packs were for Covid-19 response operations.
Mountain Province received 5,500 food packs as Covid-19 response to Bontoc, Sagada, and Sabangan.
Kalinga received 3,400 food packs while 722 packs were delivered to Abra, 500 to Apayao; 334 to Baguio-Benguet, and 14 were provided for Ifugao.
Also, 1,500 food packs have been prepositioned for Abra; 1,700 for Kalinga; 420 for Buguias in Benguet; and 700 for Apayao while 700 food packs and 50 hygiene kits were prepositioned for Mountain Province.
The DSWD also targets the prepositioning of 16,868 food packs in the different production hubs in the provinces and at its regional warehouse in La Trinidad, Benguet.
Production or repacking of FFPs is also ongoing at the regional warehouse with the help of volunteers.
Recently, the Kings College of the Philippines at Barangay Pico, La Trinidad allowed the use of its facility as family food packs production hub for DSWD-Cordillera.  
DSWD-Cordillera Director Leo Quintilla assured that along with the implementation of their regular programs and services, the department will continue to support LGUs in helping the communities that are affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Ang focus ngayon ng DSWD ay matugunan ang pangangailangan ng mga komyunidad at LGUs sa patuloy na epekto ng Covid-19 pandemic. Kasama na dito ang paghahanda ng mga plano para sa recovery at rehabilitasyon. At tuloy pa rin ang iba’t-ibang programa ng ahensiya katulad ng Pantawid Pamil-yang Pilipino Program, Supplementary Feeding, Sustainable Livelihood Program, at Social Pension,” Quintilla said.
Under the Bayanihan 2, DSWD-Cordillera is processing the emergency subsidy assistance under the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) for the qualified beneficiaries in areas that implemented granular lockdowns.
Under Bayanihan 1 or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, DSWD-Cordillera facilitated the provision of P5,000 SAP subsidy to 298,176 qualified families in the  Cordillera. – Carlito C. Dar