DSWD food packs ready for distribution once LGU stocks runs out

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 24 2020 12:36 PM

MANILA - Food packs from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for families affected by the lockdown due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak have been delivered to local government units, Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said Tuesday.

"It's already with them, nandoon na po sa LGUs, na deliver na po," Malaya said on radio DZMM.

According to him, the food packs will be delivered to intended beneficiaries on the ground immediately after those prepared by LGUs are all used up.

"The moment maubusan ng pagkain itong LGUs, pasok na kaagad, distribute din ulit sila ng hindi na galing sa kanila (kundi yung) galing na sa DSWD," he said.

Last week, President Rodrigo Duterte placed the entire Luzon under an enhanced community quarantine to stop the further spread of the COVID-19. The measure prohibits the general public from leaving their homes, except when purchasing basic goods and medicines, and seeking medical help.

"Ang magandang balita, lahat ng LGUs gumagalaw na ngayon. Buong Metro Manila po, namimigay na ng food packs, sa lahat ng LGU. Monitored na namin yan," he said.

He said LGUs are now doing house-to-house food pack distribution.

"Di tulad dati na pinapapila pa, natututo na LGUs natin sa naging problema sa Las Pinas," he said, referring to an incident last week in Las Pinas City where residents flocked to the city hall to ask for relief packs.

Malaya said the Department Interior and Local Government and the Philippine National Police are doing their best to respond to the needs of the public.

"If we work together, support the government, malalampasan po natin ito, matatalo natin ang COVID-19," he said.