SurSur town ensures distribution of basic goods to all households despite limited resources
BUTUAN CITY, April 11 (PIA) — With the recent declaration of Enhanced Community Quarantine in the Caraga region brought by coronavirus disease (COVID-19), a regional lockdown of entry and exit points was also implemented. Hence, people even from nearby municipalities and cities were discouraged to travel to any parts of the region unless necessary. Despite having limited establishments within the municipality to cater to the basic commodities of the affected local residents, the local government unit of Bayabas, Surigao del Sur has ensured the provision of basic needs to the households.
Bayabas Mayor Maria Clarita Limbaro bared that the local government unit is doing its best to ensure that rice is available for every household. She emphasized that the main concern of the municipality, just like in any other LGUs, is the distribution of food/basic commodities to the households affected by the situation.
“Livelihood assistance is underway for those who were unemployed due to this crisis,” added Limbaro.
The lady mayor also revealed that they have realigned funds to be able to give families one sack of rice. This is to lessen the burden of every affected family.
“The additional assistance of P2-million from the provincial government of Surigao del Sur is a great help for our operations for COVID-19. This enabled the production of additional basic commodities and financial assistance to be given to the families of Bayabas,” said Limbaro.
She further asked the National Task Force COVID-19 through chief implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez for the provision of more personal protective equipment (PPEs) for the frontliners and testing kits to fast track results of the swab samples of the patients under investigation (PUIs).
Meanwhile, Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said that despite inconvenience for the locals in Caraga region under the Enhanced Community Quarantine, the people should still observe the preventive measures and stay at home policy to really contain the spread of COVID-19.
Malaya stressed that the subsidy from the national government was already downloaded to the LGUs for the distribution of assistance to affected households.
He also urged all the Filipino people to continue to cooperate with the government to flatten the curve against COVID-19 cases in the country and reiterated that the frontliners are doing their best to contain the disease, hence, they are recognized for their commitment and sacrifices. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)