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DSWD-7 needs compassionate arms of volunteers


The recent eruption of Philippine’s Mayon Volcano in Albay has caused thousands of nearby residents to evacuate for their safety from more eruptions of the volcano that could take place anytime with an alert level already raised to four (4) according to authorities.

As per National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) 83,533 persons are already taking temporary shelter in 59 evacuation centers and were forced to evacuate after the two explosions of the volcano for their safety.

The Mechanized Production System (MPS) in the Visayas Disaster Response Center (VDRC) Hub is currently under re-assembling due to transfer of location. It was formerly installed in Barangay Casuntingan, Mandaue City and was later on transferred to Barangay, Tingub, Mandaue City.

The VDRC’s MPS is designed to rapidly produce 50,000 family food packs in a day, which could feed up to 250,000 people for three days. However, with its current condition, the target number of family food packs to produce will not be met.

Thus, the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office VII (DSWD-7) is calling individuals and organizations with spirit of volunteerism to help in the manual packing of family food packs that will be delivered to affected families of the current volcanic eruption.

80 to 100 volunteers will be needed every day for the manual packing of family food packs in the Visayas Disaster Response Center (VDRC) located at P.C. Suico St., Barangay Tingub, Mandaue City.

“We are calling for volunteers whether you are a private individual or from an organization to help us in fast tracking our manual packing of goods for our family food packs,” said DSWD-7 Assistant Regional Director for Operations Shalaine Marie S. Lucero.

Interested individuals and organizations may call at (032) 233-0261 or visit DSWD Field Office VII located in Brgy. Carreta, Cebu City and can look for Ms. Lilibeth Cabiara to sign up as volunteers.

After signing-up, a volunteer orientation will be conducted before the deployment. ###

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DSWD-7 blesses Visayas Disaster Response Center


The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office VII (DSWD-7) spearheaded the blessing of the Visayas Disaster Response Center (VDRC) earlier today.

Earlier today: Blessing of the Visayas Disaster Response Center (VDRC).

Earlier today: Blessing of the Visayas Disaster Response Center (VDRC).

The blessing was officiated by Rev. Dave Christopher Cantillas. It was attended by DSWD-7 Regional Director Ma. Evelyn Macapobre and staff from DSWD Central Office, Field Office VII and United Nations World Food Programme (U.N. WFP).

The VDRC which is located in Brgy. Casuntingan, Mandaue City houses the custom-built mechanized production system designed to rapidly produce 50,000 family food packs in a day, which is able to feed 250,000 people for three days.

The VDRC also features a pallet racking system for improved storage of food packs and warehousing of food and non-food commodities, guaranteeing quality stockpiles of family food packs and other humanitarian assistance ready for distribution.

The VDRC is a continuation of the strategic partnership between DSWD and U.N. WFP to enhance the emergency response in the Philippines.

It is funded by the governments of Australia and the United Kingdom.

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The VDRC will be officially inaugurated tomorrow and will be attended by DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman, U.N. WFP Philippines’ Representative and Country Director Praveen Agrawal and U.N. WFP Ambassador Against Hunger KC Concepcion. ###

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