Some 354 relief supplies have been distributed by the municipal government of Culion in three sitios in two barangays.
The distribution was personally facilitated by Culion mayor Virginia de Vera and her team.
They were given to families in Barangays Binudac and De Carabao. The food supplies were provided by the provincial government of Palawan.
In Binudac, De Vera handed them to around 328 families living in the sitios of Berg and Alava, while in De Carabao, they were distributed to 26 families in the sitio of Balu-Balu.
“Weekly namin isinasagawa ang mga distribution na ito. Naka-priority talaga ang mga malalayong barangay kasi sila talaga ang nahihirapan,” De Vera told Palawan News.
The locals of the island barangays have been having trouble in getting food aid due to being far away from the mainland. Because many have been strictly observing quarantine regulations, commercial activity has considerably slowed down.
“Ang mga barangay na ito ay nahihirapan na talaga dahil isa-isa lang bawat household ang puwedeng lumabas, ‘yong mga may quarantine pass lang. Kaya’t mahirap din para sa kanila mamili ng mga pagkain,” said De Vera.
Culion is an island municipality accessible by outrigger boat and fast craft from Coron, and is home to some 27,000 residents, many of whom are fishermen and farmers. With the current COVID-19 crises, residents are faced with limited commercial activity due to mobility restrictions.
“Karamihan sa mga residente ay mga mangingisda na nahihirapang mag-transport ng mga nahuli nila. Ang ginagawa namin, binibili namin ang mga isda para ipamigay na rin sa mga karatig-barangay at para ‘di na sila kailangang pumunta roon,” said De Vera.