Population density a factor in aid distribution -- Moreno

March 26, 2020

MANILA Mayor Isko Moreno has requested Social Welfare Secretary Rolando Bautista to take into consideration the demographics of each city and municipality in the distribution of assistance among local government units.

Meanwhile, Moreno received from the Guangzhou city government a donation of millions worth of medical supplies consisting of 200,000 pieces of N95 face masks, 100,000 pieces of surgical face masks and 2000 pieces of infrared thermometers.  The donation was coursed through the office of Secretary to the Mayor Bernie Ang and his consultants Ana Sy and Raj Kumar and then handed over by Wen Guohui, the mayor of Guangzhou City.

Ang said Wen had vowed full support for the Manila government and said that they are now in fact working out the possibility of another donation in the form of PPEs or personal protective equipment which is also currently in short supply in the city.

Moreno said the Bayanihan Law is timely as it can help the LGUs by way of financial assistance to cushion the impact of the current situation.

In appealing to the DSWD, Moreno said Manila has a total of 896 barangays or a total of at least 350,000 families or 1.8 million mouths to feed.

“Partikular sa Maynila, ang kailangang-kailangan namin ngayon ay pagkain. While the city already appropriated millions for food, the home quarantine affects everything so kami as we go everyday, we have between 8,000 to 11,000 food packs produced at wala pang palya but with this, I hope the DSWD will particularly look into Manila. I’m not only appealing for my people.  I’m just trying to be pragmatic and practical in identifying the demographics of  Metro Manila,” he said.

He added: “Our population is 44,000 per square kilometer or 111,000 per square mile… so makikita mo dense…sa ngayon, nakakaraos kami pero hindi ako komportable.”

Meanwhile, Moreno said that while he is praying for an end to the coronavirus, preparations are also being made with evacuation centers and public schools in Manila being prepared to accommodate persons under investigation (PUIs) in case the city hospitals run out of rooms, for an additional 5,000 rooms.

The Manila Infectious Disease Center which is now operating as a center for COVID-related patients is located at the Sta. Ana Hospital, and Moreno said the whole hospital can also be converted to exclusively handle such patients if worst comes to worst.