All About DSWD Family Food Packs (FFPs) and Non-Food Items (NFIs)

Every year, the Philippines experiences around 20 typhoons, some of which could lead to flooding and landslides in some areas. Being situated in the Pacific Ring of Fire, the country also faces earthquakes and volcanic eruptions from time to time. In some cases, many people get displaced, losing their homes, along with most — if not all — of their belongings.

Fortunately, in times of disaster, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is always ready to help. When affected local government units (LGUs) need relief augmentation, the DSWD can help provide family food packs (FFPs) as well as necessary non-food items (NFIs) to affected areas.

DSWD Family Food Packs and Non-Food Items
Image Credit: DSWD Caraga / Facebook

What is DSWD’s Relief Augmentation?

In times of natural or man-made disasters, city/municipal LGUs and provincial governments are tasked to give basic relief assistance to affected families immediately. However, if their resources are not enough, they can seek relief augmentation from the DSWD. This involves the provision of timely and appropriate support in the form of FFPs and NFIs.

Notably, based on the department’s “disaster response operations guidelines,” each DSWD Field Office should maintain the following at any given time: 30,000 FFPs; 1,000 Family Kits; 1,000 Hygiene Kits, and PHP 3 million worth of standby fund to replenish relief resources. This way, the office is able to provide much-needed assistance when natural calamities or man-made disasters strike.

What’s in a Family Food Pack?

Have you ever wondered what’s in a DSWD Family Food Pack (FFP)? Basically, it contains rice, canned goods, and powdered drinks. One FFP caters to a family of five (5) members, and it is good for two (2) days of consumption.

Each Family Food Pack or FFP contains the following items:

  • 6 kilos NFA rice;
  • 2 tins canned sardines;
  • 4 tins canned corned beef;
  • 4 tins canned tuna flakes;
  • 5 sachets 3-in-1 instant coffee;
  • 5 sachets powdered cereal drink; and
  • 1 piece regular slotted carton.
DSWD Family Food Packs and Non-Food Items
Image Credit: DSWD Field Office 1 / Facebook

What Non-Food Items are Provided?

In addition to FFPs, non-food items are also provided. These include kitchen kits, hygiene kits, sleeping kits, and family clothing kits. Let us take a closer look at each set of items.

1. Kitchen Kit

Kitchen kits contain cooking tools and utensils that can be used by affected families for food preparation and consumption. Each kit contains the following items:

  • 5 pieces spoon;
  • 5 pieces fork;
  • 5 pieces drinking glass;
  • 5 pieces plate;
  • 1 piece frying pan;
  • 1 piece cooking pan;
  • 1 piece ladle; and
  • 1 piece packaging material.

2. Hygiene Kit

Meanwhile, hygiene kits include personal hygiene products and toiletries for the whole family. Each kit, which is good for one (1) month, includes the following items:

  • 5 pieces toothbrush;
  • 2 pieces Toothpaste;
  • 1 bottle shampoo;
  • 4 pieces bath bar soap;
  • 2,000 grams laundry bar soap;
  • 4 packs sanitary napkin;
  • 1 piece comb;
  • 1 piece disposable shaving razor;
  • 1 piece nail cutter;
  • 1 piece bathroom dipper; and
  • 1 piece 20L square plastic bucket, with deep cover and plastic handle.
DSWD Family Food Packs and Non-Food Items
Image Credit: DSWD Caraga and DSWD Field Office 1 Facebook pages

3. Sleeping Kit

Sleeping kits are necessary for the comfort and protection of affected families during their displacement. Each sleeping kit comes with these items:

  • 1 piece blanket;
  • 1 piece plastic mat;
  • 1 piece mosquito net;
  • 1 piece malong (wrap cloth); and
  • 1 piece packaging material.

4. Family Clothing Kit

The family clothing kit includes brand new clothes, towels, and underwear garments for children and adults. Here is a list of items that are included in each family clothing kit:

  • 5 pieces bath towel;
  • 2 pieces ladies’ panty;
  • 3 pieces girls’ panty;
  • 2 pieces men’s brief;
  • 3 pieces boys’ brief;
  • 2 pieces sando bra, adult;
  • 3 pieces sando bra, girls;
  • 4 pieces adults’ t-shirt;
  • 6 pieces children’s T-shirt;
  • 4 pieces adults’ short pants;
  • 6 pieces children’s short;
  • 2 pairs adults’ slippers;
  • 3 pairs children’s slipper; and
  • 1 piece packaging material.
DSWD Family Food Packs and Non-Food Items
Image Credit: DSWD Field Office 1 / Facebook

Who are the Target Beneficiaries?

The target beneficiaries of FFPs and NFIs are individuals, families, and communities affected by a natural or man-made disaster. To be eligible for receiving these items, the individual or family must be: (a) affected by a disaster; and (b) registered or included in the official lists of evacuation centers.

What are the Requirements?

The basis of the DSWD for providing relief augmentation is the request made by local government units (LGUs). The LGU needs to submit: (a) a letter of request; (b) a disaster or incident report indicating the number of disaster-affected people and affected areas; and (c) a master list of affected families.

And so, before anything else, be sure to coordinate with your city or municipality LGU when you need help. They shall be able to assess you and provide you and your family’s immediate needs.

Video: How to Get Help from DSWD?

In order to get help from the DSWD, check out this video shared by DSWD Field Office 1:

Important Reminder About FFPs and NFIs

In accordance with Administrative Order No.2, Series of 2021, nobody is allowed to remove items, add items, or change the label of DSWD’s FFPs and NFIs to portray that it comes from another office or personality.

Latest Updates

Through a recent Facebook post, the DSWD announced that it continues to provide FFPs for families affected by Typhoon Aghon. As of 29 May 2024, a total of 4,950 FFPs amounting to PHP 3,428,956.60 were given to beneficiaries in: CALABARZON Region (3,121 FFPs); Bicol Region (1,332 FFPs); MIMAROPA Region (463 FFPs); and Eastern Visayas Region (34 FFPs). Majority of these — 3,000 FFPs — had been sent to Quezon Province, which was greatly affected by the typhoon.

Contact Information: DSWD Central Office

If you have any questions about FFPs and NFIs, you can get in touch with the DSWD’s Central Office by contacting these details. Also presented is the Google Map to the said office:

Address: Batasang Pambansa Complex, Constitution Hills, Quezon City, Philippines, 1126
Telephone: (02) 8952-0697 or (02) 8931-8101, local 513

Google Map:

Final Thoughts

In times of calamities such as floods, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions, most people lose everything except for the clothes on their back. Fortunately, through the DSWD’s provision of family food packs and non-food items, affected families should be able to survive and eventually start anew.

Speaking of calamities, the DSWD’s response is primarily managed by the Disaster Response Management Bureau (DRMB). Check out this article to read all about this bureau, its programs, and services!