Over 2k food packs distributed as post-"Ompong" relief, more to come

Sep 28, 2018 ...

The Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) through the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) has provided a total of 2,677 food packs to residents in the aftermath of Typhoon "Ompong" (International name: Mangkhut), as of September 27.

Ompong had entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on September 12 and landed in Ilocos Norte on September 15, leaving damages in agriculture and infrastructure amounting to more than 3 billion pesos.

Relief packs containing food items such as rice and canned goods. In particular, there have been 172 packs were distributed in Bacarra; 437 in Badoc; 344 in the City of Batac; 132 in Currimao; 250 in Marcos; 105 in Pasuquin; 200 in Piddig; 438 in Vintar; and 599 in Laoag City.

The PGIN will continue its relief operations, dubbed by Governor Imee R. Marcos as "Paspas Takder," in coming weeks. Aside from the distribution of food packs, the relief ops include medical missions, veterinary services for livestock, and distribution of seedlings.

The roving "Team Balai" also caters to residents whose homes were partially or totally damaged by Ompong.

Assisting the PGIN by supplying relief are the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), which provided a total of 5,685 food packs, hygiene kits, family kits, plastic mats, malongs, and trapal roofs; Savemore Market, with 3,000 food packs; and Chua Consolidated Inc., with 100 packs.

by Stewart Ocampo

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