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City gov't implements initiatives to help Ilonggos amid COVID-19

Philippine Information Agency
27 Mar 2020, 00:38 GMT+10

ILOILO CITY, March 26 (PIA6) -- The Iloilo City government has established numerous initiatives in order to ensure that residents and workers in Iloilo City are provided with basic necessities amid the Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis.

In his official Facebook Page, Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Trenas said the city government has set four initiatives that will provide food and lodging for Ilonggos during the pandemic.

"The city government is doing everything within its control to make life a little better for everyone," he said.

One of the initiatives is the "Uswag Kitchen Patrol" which provides food and meals to the frontliners, including the city health workers, medical team, misting and sanitation team, Public Safety and Transportation Management Office, Iloilo City Emergency Responders, Philippine Coast Guard, Mayor's Office team and the logistics personnel.

The "Uswag Community Kitchen" aims to set up 240 kitchens all over the city with a ratio of one kitchen per Daycare Center.

"Our parent leader mothers and Daycare workers will be the ones to lead the operations," Trenas said, adding that some of the donations received by the city government will be utilized for this initiative.

Meanwhile, through the "Uswag Relief Operations," relief goods will be distributed to the barangays through their Punong Barangays.

"We have already started this last Sunday, and we make use of whatever we receive on a daily basis," he said.

Following the discrimination encountered by medical frontliners, the local chief executive made sure to establish the "Uswag Dorms."

"Because of the discrimination they get from several people, the city, with the help of the different hotels, was able to provide temporary shelter for them," he said.

He added that they have already given instructions to operationalize the "cash-for-work" for the Ilonggos, especially those individuals in the informal sector who lost their jobs. (JSC/LTP/PIA-Iloilo/Thumbnail Photo courtesy of Iloilo City Government)

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