OWING to the amount of volunteerism that has poured out in support of the programs of the Department of Social Welfare and Development – Cordillera (DSWD-CAR), the department has managed to save up nearly P2 million worth of funds.
According to DSWD Regional Director Leo Quintilla, the department logged volunteer hours and donations worth nearly P2 million, cutting costs for the department’s initiatives.
Donations and manpower for the packaging and distribution of food packs and other aid for the agency to provide to households in need in the region were filled in by volunteers and their contributions to the cause.
Volunteers, according to Quintilla, came from both the private sector in the form of concerned individuals as well as the public sector from the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), alongside line agency personnel.
“We accept volunteers, we just need to schedule them so that we can observe social distancing at the warehouse,” he said.
Currently, 30,000 food packs are available for distribution to needy families in the region, while only recently 17,500 food packs have been partially distributed to Kalinga which is currently on lockdown.