TACLOBAN CITY – At least 2,000 medical frontliners in Eastern Visayas will get three hot meals daily for two months as part of the government’s support for those battling the pandemic, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) reported on Tuesday.
About 6,000 packs of hot meals are being prepared and delivered daily to health workers in key areas in the region.
The OCD launched the project on May 1 and will run until June 30, said OCD Eastern Visayas Regional Director Lord Byron Torrecarion in a phone interview.
“This project is first in the Philippines. We proposed this to boost the morale of our medical workers who have been working day and night to end this pandemic. Through this, we hope to effectively curtail the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the region,” Torrecarion told the Philippine News Agency (PNA).
Each pack of hot meals contains rice, main dish, vegetables, dessert, and drinks. The cost is PHP160 to PHP170 per pack prepared by local caterers, according to the OCD official.
The meal support is being implemented in Tacloban City, Ormoc City, Baybay City, the entire first legislative district of Leyte province, and Northern Samar province.