June 7, 2023

The Department of Social Welfare and Development-Cordillera delivered 10,000 family food packs in Kalinga to augment the province’s food supply.
DSWD-Cordillera Director Leo Quintilla said 5,000 food packs were brought to the province last week and additional 5,000 packs were delivered on Feb. 15.
He said this is part of the 17,500 food packs requested by the provincial government from the agency to augment the supply to be distributed to residents whose areas are declared under granular lockdown.
Each food pack contains five kilos of rice, canned goods, instant coffee, and instant noodles. Hygiene kits were also brought for distribution.
Quintilla said local government units ask for augmentation from the DSWD to assure their people in areas placed under granular lockdown will not go out of their homes to help prevent the spread of the Covid-19.
“Our role is to augment the supply of the LGUs. The first responders are the LGUs,” he said.
The National Inter-Agency Task Force against Covid-19 through the Bases Conversion Development Authority, Department of Health, and the Bureau of Fire Protection started the mass testing in the province targeting about 8,000 individuals in response to the spike in cases in the province on the first week of January.
Kalinga was placed under higher quarantine classifications with Tabuk City placed under enhanced community quarantine on Jan. 24.
The three-week enhanced community quarantine lockdown in Tabuk has been lifted and the city is now under general community quarantine from Feb. 15 until end of the month.
The Cordillera is under general community quarantine until Feb. 28. – PNA