July 16, 2024
PREPOSITIONING — The Department of Social Welfare and Development-CAR is currently prepositioning the distribution of relief items, especially in areas that are hard to be accessed during calamities. Here, DSWD personnel completed the prepositioning of relief items for Tineg, the remotest town in Abra. — DSWD-CAR photo

In a town where rough roads remain a challenge during rainy season, prepositioning of relief items is vital to ensure its efficient delivery to families or communities affected by calamities.
This was the message of Tineg Mayor Brethen Jireeh Gallardo Crisologo when asked of the relief prepositioning agreement (RPA) between their town and the Department of Social Welfare and Development Cordillera.
“Dakkel ti tulong ti relief prepositioning ta ada kakailyan ditoy Upper Tineg narigat ti dalan da, karkaru nu agtudtudu isunga agyamyaman kami ti DSWD,” Crisologo said.
On July 19, the agency piloted the RPA signing in Banaue, one of the towns affected by the massive flooding and mudslide on July 7.
During the RPA signing, Banaue Mayor Joel Bunggalon and Vice Mayor Donald Mongolnon thanked the agency for the RPA and choosing to pilot it in their town.
DSWD Regional Director Leo Quintilla said the RPA is a preparedness measure in efficiently responding to LGUs emergencies or disasters.
“The DSWD-CAR continues to ensure the supply of food and non-food items for the needs of communities in the region through strategic placement of resource augmentation to identified warehouses and storage facilities,” he said.
Under the agreement, the LGU must provide goods to the affected families during a calamity and identify a storage facility for the food and non-food items from the agency. The LGU is also asked to monitor the relief items and ensure the agency’s “first in, first out” policy is implemented in the issuance of the goods.
In the Cordillera, 50 out of the 77 towns and cities have already signed RPA with the DSWD-CAR as of Sept. 21: Abra with 25 towns; Apayao and Mountain Province with five towns; Benguet and Ifugao with six towns; Kalinga with three towns; while three RPAs are signed with the provincial governments of Abra, Apayao, and Kalinga.
Aside from the relief items prepositioned in the LGUs, family food packs and non-food items are still prepositioned in the provinces at the DSWD satellite warehouses.
As of Sept. 22, there are 22,986 FFPs and 23,394 NFIs prepositioned in DSWD-CAR warehouses and 35,009 FFPs and 3,112 NFIs prepositioned in LGUs.
The Cordillera Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council during its third quarter meeting approved a resolution manifesting support to DSWD prepositioning of FNIs to LGU in the Cordillera.
“The CDRRMC members shall advocate and support the monitoring and implementation of the preposition of FNIs to LGUs,” the resolution added. – Press release