By Warren Elijah Valdez
DAVAO CITY – The city government here has started distributing relief packs to about 30 barangays in the city.
Mayor Sara Duterte, in an interview with Davao City Disaster Radio on Monday, said that around 23,000 households have already received rations on their first day of distribution.
She said that they will be conducting the distribution in all 182 barangays in the city for the whole week.
The following barangays, Duterte said, have been readied for the distribution: barangays 1-A, 2-A, 6-A, 7-A, 10-A, 11-B, 12-B, 13-B, 14-B, 15-B, 16-B, 17-B, 18-B, 22-C, 36-D, Langub, Lasang, Lumiad, Colosas, San Isidro, Callawa, Acacia, Indangan, Waan, Matina Biao, Manambulan, Angalan, Talomo River, Biao Joaquin, Lampianao, Dominga, and Dacudao.
She said that qualified beneficiaries were indigents, contractual or “no work, no pay” workers, out-of-work head of families, self-employed, and a low income head of family with significant loss or reduction of income.
She also said that workers who are from other provinces but who work here are also qualified in the rationing.
“There are some questions for those who are from other provinces but are working in the city if they will also be qualified for this aid. So our (way) of counting is that if you work here, then that means you are affected here,” she said.
She also said that the local government units of the region will also conduct relief goods rationing.
“As we are doing it in Davao City, all mayors, within this week, the people in the region will be distributed with the goods,” she said.
Duterte said that the goods will be enough for all. However, she was asking for was the understanding of the people if there will be a delay in the rationing of goods.
“As long as there is a need, the city government will adjust. We don’t usually say no to these matters, as long as they will not lie about their qualifications,” she said, adding that they are still working on the relief goods for those households who are not yet included in the initial distribution.
“Just let us know what your troubles are, and your challenges regarding these relief goods so that we can properly act on it,” she said.
She also said that in activities like these, all should follow the social distancing mandate to avoid mass gathering that will increase the risk of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) transmission.