Preparation of emergency food packs in PHL goes hi-tech with WFP, UK support

Philippines is now capable of preparing 50,000 family food packs per day in time a disaster like typhoon or earthquake occurs in the country through a modernized repacking system, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said. The repacking system known as Mechanized Production System was launched today at the National Resource Operations Center (NROC) in Pasay City. United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) provided support for the realization of the said modernized repacking system.

The family food pack, which consists of rice, canned goods, water purifying tablets and coffee, can be packed in a small box for one family, with the newly mechanized production system able to assemble all of the rations in one streamlined process.

The system, composed rice bagging machines, case erectors, a conveyor system and a pallet racking system, will allow the government to produce more than 50,000 family food packs per day – enough to feed more than 250,000 people for three days.

UK Ambassador to the Philippines Asif Ahmad said “speed is of the essence in delivering essential survival requirements to people in desperate situations following a natural disaster. This UK government-supported programme will mean that food in the right condition will be delivered quicker and more efficiently.”

“We are pleased to introduce the mechanized production system here in the country,” said Praveen Agrawal, WFP Philippines Representative and Country Director. “This will make a huge difference in the aftermath of a disaster as we are now able to significantly expand the number of people to which we can provide immediate life-saving food.”