Iriga: DSWD Bicol distributes the 7th wave of food augmentation for the affected families by the Mayon Volcanic Eruption in Albay


The DSWD Bicol distributes the seventh wave of food augmentation thru provision of family food packs (FFPs) to provide additional support for the local government units (LGUs) affected by the Mayon Volcanic Eruption in Albay Province.

A total of 15,930 FFPs will be distributed to the affected LGUs. These FFPs will ensure a continuous support for the affected families for a 15-day period covering September 26 to October 9, 2023.

Today, the affected LGUs have received 2 cycles of FFPs totaling to 6,372 FFPs, from the DSWD regional warehouse for distribution to the internally displaced persons (IDPs).

Additionally, the agency has delivered additional 890 bottles of distilled water to LGU Camalig for distribution among the remaining affected families seeking shelter in the municipality’s evacuation centers.

Each FFP is composed of 6 kilograms of rice, four cans of tuna, four cans of corned beef, two cans of sardines, five sachets of coffee, and an additional five sachets of cereal drink sufficient to cover two to three days of food for a family of five.

As of today, 3,470 families, totaling 12,331 individuals, continue to seek shelter in 22 evacuation centers since the evacuation began on June 11, 2023, across six affected LGUs: Guinobatan, Ligao, Malilipot, Daraga, Tabaco, and Camalig. These families reside within the 6-kilometer permanent danger zone of Mount Mayon.

According to PHILVOLCS reports, while the situation at Mayon Volcano is showing improvement, the volcano’s alert status remains at Level 3. Residents are consistently advised to exercise caution and refrain from entering the 6-kilometer Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ) due to potential hazards associated with lava flow and Pyroclastic Density Currents (PDC).

These actions align with the commitment of DSWD Secretary Rex Gatchalian to the Bicolanos, assuring that the agency remains at the forefront of operations and is prepared to respond promptly, prioritizing the health and safety of the affected communities due to the ongoing activity of Mayon Volcano and other disasters.

(Source: DSWD Bicol Region V)

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