By Jel Santos
The local government unit (LGU) of Makati City will be distributing P50-million worth of grocery vouchers to residents, including condominium-dwellers, Mayor Abigail “Abby” Binay announced on Wednesday.
She reassured her constituents that “no one will be left behind” during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis.
According to Binay, Puregold grocery vouchers worth P500 each will be given initially as part of the LGU’s continuing efforts to alleviate the plight of its residents coping with the effects of the pandemic.
“We are already finalizing the mechanics and guidelines on the distribution of the grocery vouchers. This is but one of several forms of assistance that we have decided to pursue to optimize available resources for the benefit of all Makatizens,” she said.
“We are aware that everyone, even those belonging to the lower and upper middle class, is affected by the crisis. This is why condominium-dwellers, whether they are students or employees, will be among our priority recipients for the grocery vouchers,” the mayor added.
Binay explained that the Makati LGU tied up with Puregold to give beneficiaries the freedom to get essential items that they need for their daily sustenance.
During the early weeks of the enhanced community quarantine, Makati City has given cash assistance and food packs to the informal sector, including around 7,800 jeepney and tricycle drivers.
As such, the city government delivered food packs to around 80,000 public school students from preschool to senior high school to address their nutritional needs in these trying times.
The Makati LGU also provided financial assistance and relief goods to some 2,000 solo parents, 13,000 persons with disabilities, and around 78,000 senior citizens.
Meantime, Binay recently announced that the city government will shoulder the expenses for the cremation of residents who succumbed to COVID-19 to help their families.