THE City Government of Parañaque on Thursday, April 16, expanded its social amelioration program to its middle class constituents by distributing free rice and facemasks in private subdivisions to alleviate the economic hardships brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Mayor Edwin L. Olivarez said the decision to expand the assistance to homeowners is imperative given that Parañaque has one of the largest – if not the largest – concentration of private subdivisions and villages in the Philippines.
“Our middle class is the backbone of the City of Parañaque. They are the reason why we have become one of the most progressive local government units in the country, and it is our responsibility to help them cope during these difficult times,” he said.
The distribution of rice and facemasks was launched Thursday morning in Barangay Marcelo Green in coordination with barangay officials and the various homeowners associations and federations.
Olivarez said the city enjoys a healthy financial position as a result of prudent fiscalmanagement, allowing the local government to expand its social amelioration program to cover a larger segment of the population.
“And, on top of our financial resources, the City of Parañaque has also received significant donations of consumer goods from the private sector which we distribute on a daily basis to the city’s less privileged citizens,” the mayor said.
Olivarez said all the city’s 16 barangays will be covered in the distribution of rice and facemasks to homeowners.
Earlier, the city government has also launched its mobile market program targeting villages and subdivisions to discourage people from going out of their homes by bringing the mobile markets directly to their neighborhoods.