SAN FERNANDO CITY, Mar. 24 (PIA) - The local government unit (LGU) of San Fernando City started distributing relief goods to its residents since Saturday despite the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
"The first batch of relief packs were given to persons with disabilities (PWDs), senior citizens, the beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) and solo parents," said Mayor Alfredo Pablo R. Ortega.
SAN FERNANDO CITY DISTRIBUTES RELIEF PACKS - City of San Fernando (La Union) Mayor Alfredo Pablo R. Ortega personally checks on the loading of relief goods to be distributed to the residents of the city on March 22, 2020. (Photo courtesy of LGU San Fernando)
According to Ortega, the administration sees that these beneficiaries need the most help right now since their mobility and capacity to access basic necessities are more difficult for them.
"We plead to our residents to be more patient and understanding in these crucial times because we are doing and strategizing all the means to provide the essential services to all," Ortega added.
According to the LGU, they started packing the goods when the stocks arrived on March 16, just after the ECQ was declared.
Ortega ordered the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC), specifically the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO), to explore ways to immediately provide the relief packs.
At of March 21, 2020, the LGU has delivered a total of 5,564 relief packs to its first wave of beneficiaries through the barangay (village) council, Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) and health workers.
Moreover, other beneficiaries who will receive the second batch of relief packs are the tricycle drivers due to suspension of their operations and the farmers and fisherfolks to follow.
The repacking center of the city is located in Barangay 1 Poblacion where city government employees and volunteers are deployed strictly following standard precautionary measures such as maintaining a hygienic environment and social distancing.
"While we render our services for our constituents, we strongly advise everyone to please stay inside their homes, and if in case of emergencies or other needs, strictly abide by the precautionary measures and guidelines released," he said.
Aside from the relief goods provided by the LGU, 59 village officials also distributed relief packs to their constituents sourced from the barangay's funds.
As part of the operations, the LGU also deployed their safety and security front liners together with partners from the Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection, Philippine Coast Guard-Northwestern Luzon, and the Philippine Naval Forces Northern Luzon in various checkpoints located within the city limits to ensure strict implementation of the guidelines and to help in the relief operations, as necessary.
SAN FERNANDO CITY DISTRIBUTES RELIEF PACKS - The Philippine Coast Guard-Northwestern Luzon (PCGNL) volunteers help in the loading of relief packs to be distributed to the residents of San Fernando City on March 21, 2020. (Photo courtesy of LGU San Fernando)
Furthermore, the city government also sanitizes the public market every Sunday to ensure the further spread of COVID-19.
It is open from Monday to Saturday from 5:00 am to 5:00 pm only.
The City Health Office and other city government facilities were also sanitized for the protection of its workers and clients.
Curfew in the barangays is strictly effected from 8:00 in the evening to 5:00 in the morning of the following day.
As of March 23, 2020, 12:00 noon, the city has a total of 24 persons under investigation (PUI) and 1,292 persons under monitoring due to COVID-19.
No positive case of COVID-19 was reported. (JCR/AMB/AHFF/PIA-1)