LA TRINIDAD, BENGUET-Cultural dances, prayers, and beating of gongs, marked the celebration of the blessing and inauguration of DSWD Field Office CAR’s new rented Regional Warehouse, Donated Wing Van and Awarding of Disaster Response Volunteers on December 2, 2022.

The activity was led by DSWD Field Office CAR Regional Director Leo L. Quintilla and DSWD Usec. Marco M. Bautista under Disaster Response Management Group representing DSWD Secretary Erwin T. Tulfo.

In a message, DSWD Secretary Tulfo ensured the continuous support of the agency in efforts to strengthen immediate disaster response in the Cordillera particularly in the prepositioning of enough family food packs and other assistance in regional warehouses. “Bilang Vice-Chair ng NDRRMC, patuloy ang ginagampanan ng DSWD ang tungkulin nito na maihatid and sapat at mga nararapat na serbisyo publiko para sa ating mga kababayan na naapektuhan ng bagyo ang mga kalamidad,” he added.

“Isa sa ating isinasagawa ay ang pagpapalakas ng mga mekanismo at Sistema pagdating sa disaster response upang magkaroon ng sapat na prepositioned goods sa mga lugar na madalas daanan ng mga kalamidad. Sa hanay ng DSWD, asahan niyo na patuloy kaming magbabahagi ng maagap at mapagkalingang serbisyo sa ating mga kababayan sa Cordillera,” Secretary Tulfo said.

The activity was also joined by La Trinidad Vice Mayor Roderick Awingan, Executive Assistant II Mr. David Cabuten of the Provincial Local Government Unit of Benguet, Ms. Jirah Yang Siddayao from the Office of Benguet Congressman Eric G. Yap, DSWD Field Office CAR OIC-ARD for Operations Amelyn P. Cabrera, DSWD CAR ARD for Administration Dir. Enrique H. Gascon Jr., DRMD OIC Division Chief Marifil C. Jugal, Pastor John Fianza and DSWD Field Office CAR Staff.

The activity seeks to formally exhibit the newly rented regional warehouse and donated wing van, to provide an avenue to bless the warehouse and logistics operation and facility, and to officially unveil the regional warehouse and formalize ownership of the donated wing van.

The said event was also an avenue to express appreciation to volunteers during disaster response operations in the region.

In his message, Regional Director Leo L. Quintilla thanked all partner-agencies and volunteers who have assisted in the disaster response operations.

Certificates of appreciation were awarded to the Office of Civil Defense CAR led by Regional Director Albert A. Mogol, Bureau of Fire Protection CAR represented by Supt. Rogelio Navalta Nigos, Tactical Operations Group 1 represented by Lt. Col. John Paul David S. Trajano; Police Regional Office Cordillera represented by PCol. Byron Tegui-in, Cordillera Career Development College represented by Head for External Affairs Dr. Joseph Delos Santos, Kings College of the Philippines represented by VP for Administration Mr. Higinio Abellanosa, Bangads Philippines Hillstation Chapter represented by Mr. Lorenzo O. Abela III, and Mr. Julio Rodrigo Lawan of Samahang Ilocano-La Trinidad.

Director Quintilla added that with new rented regional warehouse, the Field Office will continue to ensure enough relief items for the remaining days of 2022 and in preparation for the following years. “Earthquake 7.0, Earthqukae 6.4, Dumaan si Typhoons Karding, Maring, Obet at Paeng yet, DSWD and the Cordillera Regional DRRM Council maintained high level of availability of food packs that is because of our efficient logistics and support. With this new regional warehouse, we are looking forward to a levelled up service delivery in time of disaster response, “Director Quintilla stated.

For the new rented regional warehouse there is an increase in the number of Food and non-food items. For the storage of Family Food Packs, an increase was recorded from the 18,000 FFPs to 40,000 FFPs, from 10,000 Raw Materials to 20,000 Raw Materials, and from 15,000 boxes of Non-Food Items to 20,000 Non Food Items. # DSWD FIELD OFFICE CAR, SOCIAL MARKETING UNIT, LAUREN ALIMONDO

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