CAMANAVA mayors assure constituents of food packages, prepare distribution plans

Published March 19, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Joseph Almer Pedrajas 

Local officials of the CAMANAVA (Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, Valenzuela) area will be distributing grocery packages to ensure that no family will get hungry as many residents have been left without sources of income following the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) imposed on mainland Luzon.


Caloocan City Mayor Oca Malapitan, in a Facebook post Wednesday night, said members of the city’s social welfare and department prepared 500,000 grocery packs, which include rice and canned goods.

“Sisikapin natin na matulungan ang bawat pamilya sa lungsod na apektado,” he said. (We will try our best to help each affected family in the city.)

The Caloocan City public information office (PIO) told the Manila Bulletin that they are still studying how the packages will be distributed, “since Caloocan is a big city.”

Meanwhile, Malabon Mayor Lenlen Oreta doled out P520,000 to each of the city’s 21 barangays, which officials can use to to buy provisions for their constituents.

Oreta also allocated P6 million and coordinated with karinderia owners in each barangay to cook meals for some 300 persons for 15 days.

Bong Padua, head of the Malabon City PIO, said the priority is those families belonging to the “poorest of the poor.”

Some 10,000 grocery packages will also be given to identified families, Padua added.

Navotas Mayor Toby Tiangco also assured his constituents that they will be giving out relief goods.

According to Irish Cubillan, head of Navotas PIO, city and barangay officials will lead the distribution of packages, which include five kilos of rice and 16 various kinds of canned goods, among other items.

“By batches [ang distribution]. Papapuntahin nalang sa nearest schools. Syempre, tinitignan namin how to do it without violating ‘yung social distancing,” Tiangco said over ANC interview.
(The distribution will be by batches. They will be asked to go to the nearest schools. Of course, we will see how to do it without violating social distancing protocols.)

In Valenzuela City, the local government will be distributing food vouchers, which the residents can use to claim their packages at groceries.

“Meeting the grocery players…bakit??? Para sa food voucher system natin. Sa mga darating na araw, we will announce the details,” Mayor Rex Gatchalian said in his Twitter post. (Meeting the grocery players – why??? For our food voucher system. In the coming days, we will announce the details.)