EL NIDO, Palawan — Majority of the barangays in this town that have received their P200,000 aid from the provincial government will use the amount to purchase additional goods for distribution to families to sustain themselves during the extended community quarantine.
Corong-Corong barangay chairman Ryann Abela said they will use the amount to purchase more food supplies for repacking and distribution after admitting they have limited reserves for around 1,900 families.
“Residents and non-residents ang binigyan po natin. Medyo kinulang talaga yong P350,000 calamity fund na ginamit sa unang bagsak natin ng tulong pero nagawaan din namin ng paraan yon upang lahat ay ating mabigyan,” Abela told Palawan News.
In Brgy. Buena Suerte, chairman Ricky Ballena said they have distributed the second wave of their food aid to about 894 families with vitamins, but the barangay aid from the provincial government for 2019 and 2020 will help sustain their needs while the extended quarantine is enforced.
“Pangatlo na po itong tulong natin mula sa pamahalaang probinsya na pondo. Yong last time, mula sa local government unit (LGU). Hopefully, mahabol natin na maipamigay itong dagdag ngayong Semana Santa,” said, meanwhile, by Masagana barangay chairman Edilberto Templado.
Brgy. Teneguiban chairman Allan Tanaleon said his barangay has also completed distributing food packs to an estimated 1,500 families, including non-residents who could not get home.
He said that on their actual list, they only have 1,200 families. But when they distributed the food packs, they covered around 1,480.
“Sa actual list po natin nasa 1,200 lang na pamilya pero sa actual distribution, umabot tayo sa 1,480 more or less, salamat naman at nabigyan kami ng dagdag pondo mula kay Gob (Jose) Alvarez. Kaya idadagdag namin ito pambili ng mga bigas, ‘yan ang pinakamahalaga — may bigas sila,” he said.
The barangay aid is provided under Provincial Ordinance No. 2238 or “Amending Section 4 of Provincial Ordinance 2221, series of 2020 Under Guidelines for Availment of Financial Assistance (Aid to Barangay), to Include Another Provision for Utilization of Funds for COVID-19-Related Undertakings”.
The amount released is for 2019 and 2020, which the barangays may use in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.