Almost four months after the initial declaration of quarantine measures in the province, the municipality of Murcia, Negros Occidental, continues to give out relief goods to affected residents.
“Recently, we distributed food packs consisting of rice, sardines and noodles to remote sitios in the mountain barangay of Canlandog, as well as in sitios that were placed under lockdown due to the presence of a Covid-19 positive patient,” Murcia Mayor Gerry Rojas said.
The Murcia government has distributed, in four waves, food packs to more than 17,000 households from the town’s 23 barangays since the imposition of quarantine measures in the middle of March, he said.
“Each food pack for the first three waves contains five kilos of rice, while the food packs for the fourth wave contain five kilos of rice, sardines and noodles. We distributed more than 17,000 packs per wave, amounting to almost 70,000 food packs delivered in four waves of distribution,” Rojas added.
Aside from giving food packs to almost all households in the municipality, the local government also distributed relief assistance in the form of rice, canned goods, noodles, bread, eggs, chicken, alcohol and bottled water to vulnerable sectors, a press release from the town said.
The recipients of this additional assistance were drivers, conductors, dispatchers, and owners of public utility trisikads, tricycles, jeepneys, and buses, tenants and vendors in the public market, senior citizens, frontliners, religious groups, and sitios in different barangays which are either under lockdown or in desperate need of food aid.
“Majority of the relief goods came from our local funds, which we utilized to purchase 6,000 bags of rice. We thank the provincial government for giving us 1,600 bags of rice, the provincial Department of Social Welfare and Development for giving us 1,000 bags of rice and 800 boxes of groceries, and Cong. Kiko Benitez for donating additional bags of rice,” the mayor said.
“In behalf of the people of Murcia, Vice-Mayor Johnny Reosura, and the members of the Murcia Municipal Council, I thank all the corporations, private businesses, civic groups and benevolent individuals who shared their blessings with the less fortunate Murciahanons during this time of crisis,” Rojas also said.
The mayor also expressed his gratitude to all medical professionals and health workers, military, police personnel and force multipliers, barangay and purok officials, municipal employees and all frontliners for their selfless service and personal sacrifices in serving and protecting the welfare of Murciahanons amid the crisis, the press release said.
“Let us continue to take utmost care of our health, and let us continue wearing face masks and observing physical distancing, so that we can continue with the progress of our Murcia,” Rojas added.*