Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo yesterday said the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is willing to send help to local government units (LGU) during the implementation of the Alert Level system.
During his online program Counterpoint, Panelo said, under Memorandum Circular 11, series of 2021, the DSWD will assist different LGU with risk-level classification by providing Family Food Packs (FFP) to certain areas, such as barangays, streets, sitio, purok, or subdivisions, identified as “critical zones” or at high risk for Covid-19 that would be placed under a lockdown.
He added the provision of FFP will be through a co-sharing of responsibility by the DSWD and the LGU.
Residents living in areas under lockdown will receive food packs from their respective LGU for the first seven days, while the DSWD will take over for the remaining seven days of the quarantine period.
Panelo stressed special assistance being provided by DSWD aims to support the daily needs of each household during the lockdown.
Every household will receive three food packs for their consumption within seven days. One family food pack is good for a family of five to last them for two to three days.
In case there will be an extension of the lockdown, the DSWD will continue providing food packs to affected households.