COVID-free Quirino frets over funds for lockdown food for the poor


Posted at Mar 25 2020 10:53 AM

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Quirino province has yet to record any case of the novel coronavirus, its governor said Wednesday, as he raised concern that funds may not be enough to feed the poorest residents during the month-long quarantine of all households in Luzon.

The quick response fund that local governments can use to distribute food packs during Luzon's lockdown, set until April 12, is only equivalent to about 6 percent of a town's yearly revenue, said Quirino Governor Dakila Carlo Cua.

"Medyo maliit po [iyan]... Sa dami po ng ating susuportahan by way of food packs, medyo baka magkakulang," said Cua, who is also president of the Union of Local Authorities of the Philipines.

(That's a bit small. With the high number of the people we need to support by way of packs, the funds may not be enough.)

"Kami po ay naglalambing po sa ating Presidente at sa DSWD, sana matulungan din kami d'yan... kasi marami-rami po talaga ang susuportahan natin na poorest of the poor," he told DZMM.

(We are asking our President and the Department of Social Welfare and Development if they could help us there because the poorest of the poor that we need to support are really many.)

Quirino is monitoring "less than 30" patients for possible COVID-19 infection, said Cua.

"Sa awa po ng Diyos at sa tulong po ng ating front-liners at medical workers, wala pa rin po kaming confirmed positive case," he said.

(With God's mercy and the help of our frontl-liners and medical workers, we have no confirmed positie case yet.)
The Philippines as of Tuesday confirmed 35 deaths and 20 patients who recovered out of its total 552 cases of the respiratory disease. The tally is expected to spike with the recent arrival of additional test kits, said the health department.

DZMM, March 25, 2020