By Jean Fernando
Las Piñas City Mayor Imelda T. Aguilar ordered the distribution of an initial 50,000 relief goods packages to 20 barangays in the city to augment the basic needs of residents reeling from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Aguilar said the relief packs, consisting of rice, canned goods, and other basic necessities, shall be distributed by barangay officials and volunteers going house-to-house to ensure that residents remain in their houses while the enhanced community quarantine is fully enforced.
“These (relief packages) are the first batch of assistance to our residents as we continue to pack the rest of the basic goods we have allocated in the wake of this health crisis,” Aguilar said.
The mayor reiterated her appeal to all city residents to be discerning of any information regarding any assistance being given by the city government, and to listen only to their respective barangay officials to avoid chaos.
“As your city government is doing its best to help the country contain the spread of the fatal virus in the soonest possible period, I ask your full cooperation by obeying the community quarantine and stay at home,” Aguilar told the residents.
Meanwhile, Aguilar has directed the deployment of electronic jeepneys, vans, and coasters for the use of city health workers rendering duties in various health centers and 20 barangays and those working in private hospitals, while the City Health Office (CHO) has put in place contingencies to assist the doctors, nurses and health volunteers.
Aguilar said that to protect city frontline health and disaster risk personnel from the coronavirus, the city government will distribute surgical masks, sanitizing kits, personal protective equipment (PPE), and vitamin C for them.
She also ordered barangay officials to strictly enforce the regular disinfection of public places and communities in their jurisdiction as they have been provided with disinfectant equipment and kits with regular replenishments.