ALAMINOS CITY, April 7 (PIA) - Residents in this city will not receive the usual relief packs as the City Government of Alaminos bought agri-fishery products from its local producers to help them and its constituents cope from the effects of health crisis due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
Alaminos City Mayor Arth Bryan Celeste said some 30,000 households in the city will receive kilos of rice, fruits, and either pork, longganisa or bangus for the second wave of relief distribution that started on April 6.
"Bumili po ang lokal na pamahalaan ng mga produktong lokal dito sa ating bayan bilang tulong sa ating farmers, longganisa makers, hog raisers at bangus growers na ipapamahagi bilang tulong pagkain sa mga mamamayan sa bayan ng Alaminos," said Celeste.
He disclosed that on the first distribution of relief packs, the city government gave away rice, watermelon, canned goods, and vegetables to help vegetable farmers as well.
"Ngayon (second distribution) since wala na po kaming supply ng canned goods, ang ipinamimigay po namin ay isang kilo ng baboy, kung walang baboy, bangus o longganisa naman," he said.
Likewise, in an interview with Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte during the Laging Handa Network Briefing of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), Duterte said city government of Davao also buys fish and vegetables from small farmers and fishermen and repacks and distributes them to beneficiaries.
The Network Briefing, which airs daily from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Radyo Pilipinas and can also be viewed at the Philippine Information Agency's regional and provincial Facebook pages around the country is hosted by PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar.
The briefing aims to bring provincial and city-level LGUs and local management entities outside of Metro Manila, together with relevant national government agencies and their officials, in a radio oriented digitally-driven platform, with the objectives of delivering and drawing from each other necessary information that needs to be relayed to the people, to their local governments, and to the national government. (JCR//JNPD/EMSA, PIA Pangasinan)