By Joseph Almer Pedrajas
Some 350,000 families in Manila, regardless if they are voters or non-voters registered in the city, will be receiving relief goods from City Hall in connection with the enhanced community quarantine to fight COVID-19.
Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso stressed this in a Facebook live late Sunday night, saying this is his “reminder” to city barangay officials.
“Sa bawat barangay, may dami ng bilang ng botante o hindi botante na pamilya. So uulitin ko ha, botante o hindi botante, inilista ng inyong mga barangay officials [para mabigyan ng tulong],” he said.
According to Moreno, the problem that the local government is facing is the distribution of the relief goods to about 1.8 million residents of Manila without having to the violate the social distancing guidelines.
Therefore, he said, they have come up with a decision to just hand over the packages through going door to door within the curfew hours or from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.
“Yung distribution is the challenge. Kaya kung bakit ang distribution gagawin tuwing curfew hours, ibig sabihin, bawal ho kayong lumabas,” Moreno said.
“Kayo ay maghihintay lang sa bahay. Darating ang pamahalang lungsod ng Maynila sa barangay… Ang barangay ididistribute, kakatukin kayo,” he added.
Moreno said that the number of relief packs that will be given is based on the number of families in Manila.
“So ibig sabihin…[kung tatlong pamilya bawat bahay] edi tatlo makukuha nyo,” he said.
As of this writing, the local government has already received about 9,000 relief packages from the national government.
Aside from that, about 5,000 packs earlier bought by the city government, are ready for distribution.