In its efforts to scale up disaster operations, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) recently inaugurated its Mindanao Resource and Operations Center (DSWD-MROC) at the DSWD Regional Rehabilitation Complex in Bago Oshiro, Tugbok District, Davao City.
With an initial budget of P7.4 million, the DSWD-MROC was constructed by the Department of Public Works and Highways-Davao City District Engineering Office (DPWH-DCDEO).
DSWD-Field Office XI requested for an additional P12.4 million from the Central Office to complete the structure and make it fully functional.
DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said that the warehouse will serve not only the Mindanao area, but all the other regions in the country requiring emergency relief assistance.
MROC can hold up to 60,000 family food packs at a given time using the rack piling system.
“We are preparing this warehouse for nationwide operations, set to respond to a bigger scale of disaster operations,” Sec. Soliman explained.
“If at some point, the operations at the National Resource Operations Center (NROC) in Pasay City is hampered due to flooding or earthquake or any other disaster, the Mindanao hub can then supply the needs of the affected populace in the National Capital Region. In the same manner, the warehouses in Visayas and Luzon can also augment the needs of Mindanao regions when necessary,” Sec. Soliman pointed out.
DSWD will also be constructing warehouses in Cebu and Clark Air Base in Pampanga.
DSWD Assistant Secretary Rodolfo M. Santos, officials of the Davao Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, DSWD personnel, and some members of the media attended the inauguration.