COVID-19 response mechanism rolls out

Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong announced during a press briefing that he tested negative of the COVID-19 based on the test results released by the DOH on March 19. **RMC PIA-CAR

19 March 2020 – The response mechanism to cushion the effects of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on the vulnerable sector has been set in motion with the Office of the City Social Welfare and Development and the city’s barangay officialdom at the helm.
Mayor Benjamin Magalong said the OCSWADO headed by Betty Fangasan prepared the system of distribution with the involvement of all the 129 barangays to reach out to the families affected by the health crisis.
Fangasan said they are to conduct today the second rationing of the food packs provided by the Dept. of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through its regional office under the response cluster plan set in place in line with President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s declaration of State of Calamity for the whole country.
The first operation was done early this week targeting 20,000 vulnerable households out of the 92,000 total in the city.
Fangasan said they based the beneficiary allocation on the list of priority households identified by the barangays.
However, the list is not fixed as the barangays can add more households to the list as they see fit based on their continuing assessments.
The food packs contain P450 worth of basic commodities.
Fangasan said the food supplementation will continue until their supplies last. As of now, their stockpile from the national government will be good for a month.
This will be augmented by the stocks from the city government and donations from the private sector.
The city put in place a centralized system in the acceptance and disposition of donations to ensure a systematic set-up to be managed by the OCSWADO.
Donations (both perishable and non-perishable items) will be received at the drop-off point at the City Engineering Office Conference Hall, Motorpool , Lower Rock Quarry from Monday to Friday 8a.m. to 5 p.m.
The donations will be properly itemized and receipted by assigned CSWD personnel: Cynthia Langagan, Rebecca Dela Cruz and Helen Dayag.
The OCSWADO will also take charge of the distribution of the items equitably to the vulnerable households. ** Aileen P. Refuerzo

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