By Martin Sadongdong
About 1,500 families in Payatas, Quezon City received relief goods that were delivered by the Philippine Army (PA), the military said Monday.
Colonel Ramon Zagala, Army spokesperson, said PA’s Civil Military Operations Regiment spearheaded the transportation, repacking, and distribution of the food packs to the beneficiaries.
Each pack consisted of five kilos of rice, four assorted canned goods and two pieces of cup noodles — enough to last a day or two for a family of three.
The distribution of the relief packs was in line with the collaborative efforts of Army reservist 2nd Lieutenant Matteo Guidicelli, Landers Superstore, and the military.
Guidicelli conducted an online fundraising concert called “One Voice Pilipinas” where he managed to raise P4.8 million. The funds were used to procure and produce three sets of donations of relief packs for residents in Metro Manila who are affected by the enhanced community quarantine.
The Payatas project was the second wave of the food pack delivery to the most vulnerable sectors in the capital region, Zagala said.
“Your Philippine Army will continue to assist individuals, groups or civilian organizations that provide assistance to our fellow Filipinos,” he said.
Meanwhile, village officials in Payatas thanked the military, Landers and Guidicelli for the relief assistance which they said “will alleviate the lives of the populace.”