Around 500 bags of ready-to-eat food were distributed Friday to residents of Barangay Bagong Silang by the Pilipinas Shell Foundation, Inc. (PSFI) to help them pull through the remaining days of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
PSFI program manager Ynna Lauron Doblado said the goods include rice, sardines, and noodles.
“Isa ito sa ginagawa ni PSFI ngayon na tumulong sa mga kalapit barangay nito [ngayong ECQ],” Lauron said.
She said PSFI is also calling for donations to make personal protective equipment (PPE) to be supplied to frontliners.
She said they will have an initial haul of 200 kilos of vegetables in Barangay Cabayugan on Saturday to donate to kitchen communities dubbed “Ani para sa Bayani” in coordination with the Western Command (WESCOM).
The food aid projects are in partnership with the University of the Philippines Alumni Association (UPAA).
Doblado said that Dang Maria’s, Palawan State University (PSU) Canteen and Kuyba Almoneca are the community kitchen partners of PSFI.
“Ang PSFI ay involved rin sa pag-gather at nagpa-fabricate ng PPE na face shield at suit. Mayroon din kaming ’Ani para sa Bayani’, ito ay nagre-reach out kami sa farmers, binibili namin ang mga produkto nila na hindi na nabebenta dahil lockdown, para magkaroon ng kabuhayan. Bukas around 200 kilos of vegestable for community kitchens, sila ang nagluluto para sa ating frontliners katuwang natin ang WESCOM,” she added.
Bagong Silang barangay chairman Reynaldo Taneo said that almost half of the families in their village received the distributed assistance.
He said that they have a total of 1,380 families.
The barangay already provided 300 packs and an additional 200 from 3rd District Rep. Gil Acosta.
“Halos covered na po lahat, halos nabigyan na natin lahat kung pagsasama-samahin lahat pati itong sa PSFI. Kaya nagpapasalamat tayo sa kanila dahil malaking bagay po ito para sa mga residente namin,” he said.
In addition, he said they have spent their calamity fund amounting to P160,000 since the implementation of the ECQ for the assistance’s, alcohol and vitamins for the frontliners.
“Okay na po ito pero para ngayong linggo lang ‘yan. Ang gagawan naman natin ng paraan ay ang para susunod naman na linggo pero titiingnan natin ‘yong pagtransfer ng pondo galing sa ibang program natin kasi maliit lang ‘yong calamity fund natin,” Taneo said.