THE local chief executive of the nation’s capital Mayor Isko Moreno has signed Ordinance No. 8739 in order to add P1.427 billion for the city’s Covid19 Food Security Program (FSP).
As of Friday, March 26, the FSP food boxes for the month had already been distributed to all six districts of Manila. “Pangarap natin na walang magutom sa Maynila,” Domagoso reiterated in his latest weekly report to the City of Manila. “We are now preparing for the month of April.”
The FSP was launched last February and aims to provide a food box — which contains three kilos of rice, 16 pieces of canned goods, and eight sachets of coffee — to around 700,000 families in the city. It is one of the local government’s key strategies in addressing the economic devastation wrought by the ongoing Covid19 pandemic.
The mayor explained that the additional funding indicated in Ordinance No. 8739 ensures that the FSP food box deliveries will continue in May, June, and July.
“Nahanapan po namin ng pera. Hindi man po ito solusyon ng pangkalahatan, pero ang layunin namin ay maibsan man lang ang inyong buwanang gastusin. Pipilitin namin na maitawid ang ating mga kababayan,” Moreno said.
The mayor thanked the Manila City Council (MCC) for their continued support of the program. Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna served as presiding officer in the deliberations over Ordinance No. 8739, while Councilor Atty. Joel Chua was the majority floor leader.
Moreno previously explained that the City of Manila’s budget had to be realigned to finance the FSP. Initially, P3 billion had been allocated for the program in the City of Manila’s 2021 budget. The mayor noted that he and the MCC decided to temporarily postpone some road projects so that the funds could be allotted for the FSP.
Once again, he addressed the public, saying, “Pasensyahan na po ninyo. Pinagpapauna ko na po. Makakaramdam kayo ng paglubak ng kalsada ng Maynila. This may bring some level of discomfort. Pero ang kalsada na ‘yan ay walang bitukang kakalam.”
Moreno went on to say that while Manila’s roads will continue to be maintained, there will most likely be no major work done to them this year.
Once again, the mayor appealed to the public to strictly follow the prescribed health protocols and to practice self-discipline. ANDI GARCIA
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