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275,000 Manila students to receive food, hygiene kits 

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Manila will provide 275,000 students from public elementary and high schools the city with hygiene kits and food packs as part of “CODE Covid-19: Contain and Delay” action plan.

Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko” Moreno Domagoso announced the measure during his regular online broadcast on Thursday evening, following his virtual meeting with around 100 school principals where they finalized plans on the distribution of the kits.

“Sa tulong ng mga principal ay ide-deliver ito sa kani-kaniyang mga barangay. Dahil hindi naman makalalabas ang mga bata, mga nanay at tatay ang kukuha nito (with the help of the (school) principals, these will be delivered to their barangays, and since minors are not allowed to go out of their houses, their parents will be the one to claim these)," Domagaso said.

The school heads were given until Tuesday to submit to the city government a list of their students, including the barangays where they are residing.

He added that they will start the distribution as soon as they receive the data from the schools.

Manila has also started distributing to the city’s barangay captains the second tranche of the City Amelioration Crisis Assistance Fund (CACAF 2).

Domagoso said the city appropriated an initial PHP629 million for around 611,000 families, with each family receiving cash assistance worth PHP1,000.

However, an updated list received from village chairpersons showed that the number of families residing in the city rose to 680,000.

City councilors immediately amended and added a supplemental budget of PHP50 million to augment the original budget allocation.

The distribution of the CACAF 2 is expected to be completed by early next week.

As of Thursday, 882 out of 896 barangays have already received aid from CACAF 2, which amounts to a total of PHP620 million.

Meanwhile, food packs were also given to 13,233 tricycle drivers in the city.

The city government will also provide food packs to 3,872 sidecar drivers.

Amid the distribution of cash assistance and food packs to residents, Domagoso assured the public that he will not be implementing any “hard lockdown” in any areas of Manila anytime soon.

“Totoong tayo’y nagla-lockdown pero yun po ay masusi naming pinag aaralan, una ng Manila Health Department, ng ating mga propesyunal, mga duktor, ng ating mga consultant at ng inyong lingkod. Bago naman natin gawin yan ay may mga paghahandang gagawin partikular na yung probisyon sa pagkain kasi mahirap hong ma-lockdown (while it’s true that we can implement lockdowns, that is carefully assessed, first by the Manila Health Department, our professionals like the doctors, our consultants and by me. There are also preparations being done like the provision for food because lockdowns are not easy),” Domagoso said.

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