DSWD inspects ‘dirty’ warehouse in Metro Manila

Philippine Tribune
Philippine Tribune

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on Thursday, Oct. 5 assured that concerns about the cleanliness and organization of relief goods in its regional warehouse in Metro Manila would be addressed.

This came after the Commission on Audit (COA) observed that the warehouse managed by the DSWD Field Office-National Capital Region (NCR) was infested with rodents and cockroaches and the storage of relief supplies was disorganized.

DSWD Secretary Rex Gatchalian has already ordered DSWD-NCR Director Michael Joseph Lorico to physically inspect the warehouse and check the condition of the stockpile of relief goods, said DSWD spokesperson Assistant Secretary Romel Lopez.

“The words ‘state of disrepair’ and ‘lack of cleanliness and organization’ are not acceptable to the DSWD’s manual of housing relief items in any of our warehouses or facilities,” Lopez said.

“Rest assured that the DSWD management is already looking into this concern to fast-track the apply the necessary changes to improve the stockpiling, cleanliness, and condition of the NCR warehouse,” he pointed out.

To make sure that no out-of-date supplies are distributed to areas that will be affected by disasters or calamities, Gatchalian also ordered the immediate inspection of all relief supplies, Lopez said.

DSWD will also take into consideration the regular pest control and repairs to improve the condition of the storage facility, he added.

The National Resource Operations Center, the main disaster hub of the DSWD located in Pasay City, can temporarily hold some of the family food packs from the regional warehouse until the situation in the said facility is sorted out, according to the DSWD Disaster Response and Management Group.

Lopez assured the public that the DSWD has sufficient relief goods, both food and non-food items, to respond to families affected by typhoon Jenny.

“At present, the department has more than P1.8 billion stockpile and standby funds ready for relief distribution to areas that will be affected by typhoon Jenny so our ‘kababayans’ (countrymen) need not worry because the government is prepared,” he said.

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