CAMP GERONA, MURCIA, Negros Occidental (March 31) - The 303rd Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army headed by Colonel Inocencio Pasaport recently provided manpower and transportation support to the distribution of food packs to families affected by the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in Negros Occidental, a press release from the brigade said.
A total of 2,400 food packs were hauled and will be distributed to the different Local Government Units in Negros Occidental.
The activity was initiated by the Department of Social Welfare and Development Regional Office 6 (DSWD VI) to provide relief augmentation to the affected families due to COVID-19 in line with Presidential Proclamation No. 0929, series of 2020 on the Declaration of State of Calamity throughout the Philippines issued last March 17, 2020.
A week ago, Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, Vice Gov. Jeffrey Ferrer, city and municipal mayors of Negros Occidental and Chiefs of Hospitals, together with AFP and PNP top officials here, met at the COVID-19 Provincial Incident Command Center in Bacolod City and agreed on the implementation of ECQ for the entire province Monday, March 30.
Discussed during the meeting were protocols and referral system in handling COVID-19 patients. Updates on the worldwide pandemic were also presented.
Pasaporte noted the support of the Philippine Army in Negros in the effort of the local government unit in preventing and containing the spread of COVID-19 in the province by providing security and manpower as well as mobility assets.
"To our fellow Negrenses, we must do our part to help our government fight against COVID-19. Let's obey and follow all the guidelines and safety tips set forth by our government to help contain COVID-19," Pasaporte said. (303IB-PA/JSC/LLJR-PIA6)