Isko Moreno appeals for food supplies for Manila

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 25 2020 12:48 PM

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Pedestrians cross a near-empty street near the Tutuban Shopping Center in Divisoria Manila on March 24, 2020. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA- Manila Mayor Isko Moreno appealed to the national government Wednesday to augment food supplies in the Philippine capital as the month-long lockdown of Luzon marks its second week.

Moreno said the city of Manila can only produce between 8,000 to 11,000 food packs for quarantined residents as he sought the help of the Department of Social Welfare and Development. Earlier in the day, Moreno said Manila has distributed food packs to some 39,000 families out its total goal of 350,000 families.

“Kami sa Maynila, kailangan na kailangan namin ng pagkain. We want to defeat COVID-19. ‘Di namin siya bibigyan ng pahinga. But as you all know, the snowball effect of quarantine affects everything, yung supply and so on and on,” he said in a televised press briefing.

(In Manila City, we really need food. We want to defeat COVID-19. We won’t give it a rest. But as you all know, the snowball effect of quarantine affects everyting, the supply and so on and on.)

Luzon, the Philippines’ most populous island, was placed under a lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19 which has infected 552 people in the country as of Tuesday afternoon.

Unlike other cities in Metro Manila, Moreno said the Philippine capital has a very dense population making it difficult for the people to practice physical distancing.

“With this, I hope DSWD should particularly look into Manila. I’m not only appealing for my people, I’m just being very pragmatic in identifying demographics of Metro Manila,” he said.

Overnight, cases of COVID-19 in the capital city more than doubled to 30 on Tuesday night, up from 13 the day before.

The tally included 2 fatalities and one patient who recovered: a 23-year-old woman, said the mayor.