Many of the local government units (LGUs) continue to repack rice, canned goods and other relief goods for their constituents as a result of community quarantines.
Usually, every two weeks LGUs distribute in one village so they have time to distribute to other constituencies.
However, Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez had a different approach in ensuring not a single constituent of his will become hungry.
“If I opted to repack, I won’t be able to distribute everything on time. Matatapos na lang ang ECQ, di pa maaabutan lahat. Giving them one sack of rice at once will save me a lot of time and effort,”
Gomez also aided streamlining the distribution by the means of bypassing one of the common practice of other municipalities.
According to him, the approach they made did not require listings every household of their constituents.
“No need for lists. Each house got their supply. I have 67,000 constituents. You have an emergency here, and these people need immediate assistance. Why waste time in making a list,”
The funds used came from the calamity fund, general fund, and 30% of the development fund
“If the ECQ is extended, we will distribute again another sack. As long as they have rice, that’t a lot off their shoulders. They will find ways to produce viand,”
As of April 24, 2020 no C0VID19 case has been confirmed in Ormoc City but there are also reported suspected illnesses already isolated. They also have a pending medical result.
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