MANILA, Philippines – The Manila City government is looking to start next week the distribution of rice subsidies to at least 571,000 families affected by the crisis brought about by the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak.
In a statement, Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso said they have procured about 50,000 sacks of rice that are now ready for distribution to families affected by the enhanced community quarantine.
“We are trying to accumulate basic goods and particularly rice, so we entered into a contract with NFA about two weeks ago, and we are now doing some storing in our facilities, hoping to extend food assistance to our people,” Domagoso said as he inspected the sacks of rice at Pritil Market.
“This is going to be delivered by next week in their respective barangays, hopefully, may-awa ang Diyos, because we ordered 50,000 sacks of rice, that’s 2.5 million kilos of rice,” he added.
Mayor Isko said each family will be given at least three kilograms of rice.
“If we have 571,000 families, at three kilos, that’s more or less 1.5 to 1.8 million. So may buffer pa kami, but it’s better na sobra kung sosobra, para maakap namin hangga’t maaari ang lahat,” he said.
The city government said that as of April 10, more than 235,000 families have received food boxes.
Over P571 million of funds sourced from the City Amelioration Crisis Assistance Fund (CACAF) have also been disbursed to the city’s 896 barangays.
Under the CACAF, more than 500,000 families are set to receive P1,000 cash aid from the city government. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Bernard Dadis)
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