City Mayor Arnan C. Panaligan (middle) expresses his concern about COVID-19 pandemic issues and 'new normal' procedure in all transactions at City Hall during the recent Executive Department Meeting held in Calapan City. (Photo credit: City Mayor Arnan C. Panaligan Official Page)

CALAPAN CITY, Oriental Mindoro, May 20 (PIA) — In a recent Executive Department Meeting, Calapan City Mayor Arnan C. Panaligan outlined the actions taken by the LGU to address the prolonged ECQ; and, presented the measures that will guide the city to recover from the pandemic.

Among the accomplishments noted in the report include the Food Assistance Program of the city government to 50,000 households, Mobile Botika, and their partnership with the farmers for the delivery of agricultural products to household consumers as well as enforcement of laws and regulations in promoting public health and safety.

Likewise, the city government sanctioned the condonation of stall rentals and penalties at the city public market; extension of payment of business and real property taxes without penalties and interest; and, the extension of renewal of tricycle franchise without penalty.

It also reported in the meeting that the city government has already accomplished 100 percent payment for the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) benefiting 23,000 qualified beneficiaries.

A new normal procedure has been instituted at the City Hall particularly in the processing of transactions and adaptation of alternative work schemes of employees.

The city government reviewed and redirected plans and programs for 2020 geared towards economic recovery and focused assistance to sectors that are affected by the prolonged quarantine. These include the suspension, deferment, elimination of projects and activities in sectors that cannot be undertaken due to physical limitations and constraints.

Mayor Panaligan said the areas, sectors, and activities that will be given emphasis are agriculture, microfinance, and micro and small enterprises in order to boost economic activity in the city. He said he is confident that infrastructure projects will continue to pump prime the local economy.

The city government is preparing for the 2021 annual investment planning with a focus on recovery and rehabilitation amid the possible continuing threat of COVID-19 pandemic. (LTC/PIA-OrMin)