Mayor Isko Moreno signs ordinance to add P1.427B for Manila's Food Security Program

Manila Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso (PIA NCR file)

CALOOCAN CITY, March 28 (PIA) -- Manila Mayor Franciso "Isko Moreno" Domagoso has signed Ordinance No. 8739, which authorized the release of Supplemental Budget No. 4, Series of 2021, covering the expenses for the city's COVID-19 Food Security Program (FSP) and providing the additional funding amounting to P1,427,000,000.

As of Friday, March 26, the FSP food boxes for the month had already reached 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."

Launched in February, the FSP 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 LGU's key strategies in addressing the economic devastation wrought by the ongoing COVID-19 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. Domagoso explained, "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."

The mayor thanked the Manila City Council (MCC) for their continued support of the program. Vice Mayor Dr. Maria Sheila 'Honey' Lacuna-Pangan served as presiding officer in the deliberations over Ordinance No. 8739, while Councilor Atty. Joel Chua was the majority floor leader.

Domagoso 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."

Domagoso 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.

The City of Manila is currently implementing granular lockdowns lasting for four days on barangays with 10 or more COVID-19 cases. Domagoso's standing order is that the barangays that are under lockdowns or are scheduled to be locked down should be prioritized in the delivery of FSP food boxes. (PIA NCR)



Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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