TALAVERA, Nueva Ecija – About 50 detainees, including nine female inmates under police custody here were given food packs as COVID-19 relief assistance from the municipal government headed by Mayor Nerivi Santos-Martinez.
Accompanied by her younger brother Association of Barangay Captains president Nerito Santos Jr. and Lt. Col. Alexie Desamito, town police chief, Martinez personally visited the police jail and distributed the food packs to the surprised inmates, who gave her a rousing welcome as their gesture of thanks and appreciation.
Two new detainees, who were earlier nabbed for spreading fake news on COVID-19 about the lady mayor and her husband's death were also among the recipients of the instant rice and relief package distribution held here on Thursday, it was learned.
Those inmates who celebrated their birthday inside the police jail were also given a surprise gift package by the mayor. These included personal hygiene kits consisting of toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, alcohol, and medicine.
"Sa kabila ng nararanasan ninyong paghihirap dahil sa banta na COVID-19 ay di kayo dapat mawalan ng pag asa dahil kahit ang mga nasa labas ay may mga paghihirap ding dinaranas dulot ng Covid 19. Ito ay inyo ring malalagpasan lalo na't may mga taong nananalangin din para sa inyong kalagayan at kaligtasan," Martinez told the inmates.
The mayor has been at the forefront of the town's relief distribution efforts to all its barangays since April 1. More than 30,000 food packs have already been prepared for distribution to families affected by the town's total lockdown.
Martinez also bared that the municipal government is also readying the financial assistance package to be extended to tricycle and jeepney drivers who were displaced by the lockdown. Also to be given financial aid are those front-liners serving in the barangays, she said.
As of the latest update posted on its social media account, Talavera remains COVID-19-free. It has zero confirmed coronavirus-19 case with 15 PUIs and 355 PUMs. Of the figure, six PUIs have recovered and 1284 PUMs tested negative after the 14-day quarantine period.