Jul 9, 2020

Kalayaan prepares to distribute P7.5 million worth of food aid to residents

Town mayor Roberto del Mundo said the amount was used to purchase relief goods such as rice, noodles, canned goods, and other necessities despite the fact that Kalayaan is not affected by COVID-19.

Photo courtesy of Kalayaan Municipal Information Office (MIO).

Food aid amounting to P7.5 million from the calamity fund and the Bayanihan Act are ready for distribution to residents of Kalayaan town on April 23.

Town mayor Roberto del Mundo said the amount was used to purchase relief goods such as rice, noodles, canned goods, and other necessities despite the fact that Kalayaan is not affected by COVID-19.

He said the relief goods will be distributed to around 180 households on the island and in mainland Palawan.

“Mayroon po tayong pondo mula sa ating calamity fund at Bayanihan Act na nagkakahalaga ng P7.5 million. Gagamitin natin upang ipamili ng mga relief goods para sa ‘3rd wave’ ng ayuda,” Del Mundo said.

“Sa kasalukuyan meron tayong 180 households na naitala. Halos 100 ang nanatili sa isla at ang 80 naman ay nasa mainland ng Palawan — kalat-kalat sa ibang mga munisipyo,” he added.

Del Mundo said although they are not seriously affected by the coronavirus crisis because of the distance of their municipality, the relief goods will still help his constituents in Kalayaan in the West Philippine Sea.

Del Mundo said though he is not in Kalayaan as ECQ caught him in the city, he still monitors the residents.

He called on those in Puerto Princesa to follow the stay-at-home protocol to avoid contracting the virus.

“Kung saan man kayo naroroon ngayon, nasa isla o dito sa Puerto Princesa o sa ibang munisipyo, manatili lamang kayo sa inyong mga tahanan upang masiguro ang inyong kaligtasan at kami na ang maghahatid sa inyo ng tulong,” he said.

Pag-asa barangay chairman Allan Villosa said food aids worth P154,000 have already been distributed to residents in 250 households from the calamity fund as part of the first wave of relief operations.

Their second wave of relief operation worth P279,000 is being prepared for 300 households.

“Mayroong tayong inihanda na nasa 300 households para ipamigay, mula sa bilang ng 180 households, itong subra ay para doon sa mga matutulong natin sa kanila sa isla at sa lugar kung saan nakasama sa lockdown na mga residente at hindi.

“Maliban sa mga goods mayroon din silang natanggap na P3,000 bawat pamilya, kasama ito doon sa ayuda ng ating calamity fund at emergency fund na kinuha natin sa mga pundo ng barangay upang magamit” Villosa added.

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