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Davao City rolls out food rationing for 50K families affected by COVID-19

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Some 50,000 families in Davao City affected by the restrictive measures adopted by the local government to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are set to receive food packs starting Monday, March 23, according to Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio.

The beneficiaries of the food rationing, which will be done until March 27, are indigents and out of work, the “no work, no pay” workers, the self-employed and those out of work due to the slowing down of businesses in the city.

The City Social Services and Development Office (CSSDO) and the barangay levels are in charge in the distribution of ration cards for those who could avail of the relief goods.

Duterte-Carpio, however, reminded Dabawenyos availing of the relief goods to observe social distancing. She said there is a system to ensure the smooth process of distribution.

The mayor said the barangay captains distributing the ration cards are monitored by team leaders – Davao City Vice Mayor and the councilors to ensure that the rationing is properly implemented, manage the issues in the barangays, and social distancing is practiced.

For those in the private sector, who want to extend help, she urged them not to provide the assistance directly to the people to prevent chaos.

“Ginabawal namo ang private sector sa paghatag og mga relief goods directly sa mga tao, because this will create chaos, this will be disorganized, and this will cause people to mass gather (We are prohibiting the private sector from giving relief goods directly to the people because this will cause chaos, this will be disorganized, and this will cause people to mass gather),” she said.

The mayor said the private sector may coordinate with the city government to assist them in the distribution.

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