NARRA, Palawan — A group of private individuals in this town has been mobilizing donations to distribute powdered milk for mothers and young children.
Jepjep Palacios, a local businessman, told Palawan News that since early April, he and a group of friends have been visiting various barangays to distribute powdered milk packs.
Palacios said he thought of the idea when he saw at one time a young child drinking coffee because there was nothing else available.
“Tinanong ko ‘yong tatay kung bakit kape, ang sagot niya ‘Wala, walang mga byahe, hirap na kaya kape na lang din ang sa kanya’. Kaya doon ako nagsimula, nagbigay ako ng gatas, ng Milo,” he said.
“Gusto lang namin makatulong sa mga nanay na nagwo-work, ‘yong mga asawa nag-ta-tricycle, pansamantalang nawalan ng trabaho… ang government kasi naka-focus ngayon sa marami bigas, de lata, mga ganoon,” he added.
He clarified however that what they have been distributing are not infant formula milk, which is prohibited by the Department of Health as a relief item during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Walang para sa mga bata na 3-4 years old. Ang mga nanay na may baby na 0-2 years old sila ang binibigyan namin para i-consume nila ‘yon at magkaroon sila ng gatas para sa kanilang baby, kasi sa kanila dumedede ‘yong baby,,” he said.
He said they are prioritizing the outlying areas in Narra, where most indigenous peoples (IP) reside.
He said that their donation is coordinated with the municipal government through the office of Mayor Gerandy Danao and the barangays.