Kusina sa Barangay file photo (Courtesy of Palawan Provincial Information Office)

Village kitchens called “Kusina sa Barangay” have been set up in 117 barangays all over the province to address food security concerns as Palawan transitions to general community quarantine (GCQ) due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Pilipinas Shell Foundation, Inc. (PSFI) and the provincial government have pooled resources to be able to provide meals for the quarantined households for a period of 60 days, according to Provincial Information Office (PIO) head Winston Arzaga.

Arzaga said the village kitchens started on April 14. He said the barangays are in charge of cooking the food for families in their jurisdiction. The provincial government will provide rice, while PSFI will supply vegetables, fish, and meat.

Rice and ginisang mongo meals prepared by the Kusina sa Barangay, a partnership project between the provincial government of Palawan and Pilipinas Shell Foundation, Inc. (Photo courtesy of Palawan PIO)

“Ang mangyayari ang provincial government ang sasagot sa bigas then PSFI naman ang sa ulam. Ang mga barangay ang magluluto nito at ihahatid sa bawat bahay na kanilang nasasakupan. Gagawin ito for the period of 60 days kahit tapos na ang ECQ. Basta ang barangay na ang bahala sa sistema kung paano ang distribution pero ganoon ang concept nito,” Arzaga said.

ABC president and ex-officio board member Ferdinand Zaballa said the program targets to provide food assistance to COVID-19 affected sectors, such as indigent senior citizens, persons with disabilities (PWDs), pregnant, lactating mothers, malnourished children, and ill persons.

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He said that meals that are being prepared are based on the recommendation of the Provincial Nutrition Office and Municipal Nutrition Offices.

“Ang mga nilulutong pagkain para sa kanila ay batay na rin sa rekomendasyon ng Provincial Nutrition Action Office (PNAO) at Municipal Nutrition Offices (MNOs) upang matiyak na masustansiya ang ibinibigay na pagkain sa mga ito kung saan direkta namang binibili ang mga produkto sa mga magsasaka at mangingisda sa bawat barangay upang makadagdag sa kanilang kita,” Zaballa said.

He said that there are 117 barangays that have already implemented the program.

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