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Quezon City distributes over 2-million food packs

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The number of food packs handed out by the Quezon City government to its residents has breached the two-million mark with several hundred thousands more to be distributed before completing its third wave.

“As of latest tally, the city government, excluding those given out by our barangays, has distributed more than two million food packs as assistance amid the enhanced community quarantine,” said Mayor Joy Belmonte.

“This is a testament of the city’s commitment to provide for its residents as we do our best to deal with the effects of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19),” she added.

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Belmonte said the city government initially provided more than 500,000 food packs to indigent residents during its first wave.

After this, the local government saw the need to increase the number of food packs to 950,000 for its second and third batches to cover more members of the informal sector, street dwellers, boarders, renters, stranded people in the city, and even households from the middle income sector.

“The local government spent around P1.1 billion to provide food packs for indigent residents and another P700 million for those not included in the barangays’ original list of indigent constituents. This includes the middle class, as well as renters, boarders and people stranded in our city during the lockdown,” Belmonte explained.

The lady Mayor thanked city hall employees, volunteers, barangay officials and various sectors for their help in the packing and distribution of food packs.

“It has been a challenge, but because of the help of our employees, volunteers, barangay officials and tapped sectors like those jeepney and tricycle drivers who helped us prepare and pack, we were able to deliver these basic needs to our residents,” Belmonte said.

At the same time, Belmonte called on residents who have yet to receive food packs from the city government to approach their respective barangay captains for assistance.

“Batay sa ating numero, dapat nakatanggap na ng dalawa o tatlong food packs ang bawat pamilya sa lungsod na nangangailangan. Kung mayroon man na hindi pa nakatanggap, mabuting lumapit sila sa barangay,” Belmonte pointed out.


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