May 23, 2024

A total of P15.1 million worth of in-kind and P8.2M cash, checks, and gift checks were donated to the City Mayor’s Office from March 17, 2020 to March 31 for the city’s Covid-19 response efforts.

Engr. Felipe Puzon, CMO chief of staff reported in last week’s flag-raising rites at City Hall, P3.5M of the P8.2M was remitted to the City Treasurer’s Office while P4.7M was used for various projects and other activities.

These include the Sampung piso para sa mamamayan ng Baguio Program, Nutribun Project, the Baguio kitchen community feeding program, purchase of rice, purchase of grocery items  for relief packs, purchase of technical supplies, burial assistance to families whose members died due to the Covid-19, delivery charges of donations, and other incidental expenses.

Puzon said 13,512 relief packs were distributed to underprivileged families, daily wage earners, locally stranded individuals, senior citizens, and persons with disabilities who were not included under the national government’s conditional cash transfer program.

Also given gift packs were families of displaced overseas Filipino workers and some Baguio residents who do not have income.

In-kind donations amounting to P15.1M like food packs, facemasks and shields, medicines, hygiene kits, alcohol, aerosol boxes, and test kits, among other items, were distributed to local frontline workers from various sectors and offices, hospitals, barangays, and neighboring towns of Benguet.

All reports on the donations were submitted to the Commission on Audit and the Office of Civil Defense, Puzon said. – Gaby B. Keith