June 17, 2024

The City Social Welfare and Development Office said the provision of relief packs to individuals and families affected by the granular lockdowns is based on their need and if they are on the list of indigent families in the city.

City Social Welfare and Development Officer Betty Fangasan said the local government is flexible in the distribution of relief assistance to those affected by the implementation of the gradual lockdown.

However, distribution depends on the availability of relief packs considering the demand following the surge in Covid-19 cases in the city over the past several weeks.

Fangasan said relief assistance will only be given to those that are really in need, if their source of income had been impacted by the pandemic, and they have no other source of food supply during the duration of the lockdown in their places.

She said for those who can afford but have no other way to source out their supply, the provision of relief assistance will be for the initial days of the lockdown.

Fangasan asked affected families to understand that relief packs are limited, unlike in the past where there were many donors.

She said social workers ask individuals and families affected by the lockdowns if they have sufficient supply of food during the lockdown and if they are not ready, there are volunteers who can help them purchase their needs.

She said before a lockdown is implemented, residents are informed a day before to allow them to stock on food and other basic needs.

Fangasan said the list of indigent families in the city was made when the government implemented the social amelioration program at the height of the Luzon-wide lockdown last year.

The CSWDO updates the list, especially when there are transients, to ensure nobody will be left in the distribution of relief assistance during difficult times. – PIO release