ILOCOS SUR– A total of 84, 441 households from 22 second district towns here affected by the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) have started to receive aid from PUSO ti Kababaihan.
“PUSO ti Kababaihan” or Progress, Unity, Socialization and Outreach Cooperative of Women is an organization of empowered women from Candon City headed by Representative Kristine Singson-Meehan.
As of April 20, over 41, 000 households from 17 towns have received their relief packs containing two kilograms of rice, canned goods, instant noodles, packs of coffee and washable face masks.
Local government units (LGUs) also received face shields, washable and surgical face masks, and thermal scanners for their frontliners.
“Based on needs and supply, we worked on a systematic planning and distribution of food packs to all households, and personal protective equipment distribution to frontliners, including hospitals. As of today aside from my personal contribution, LBC Express, Inc., San Miguel Corporation and Lucio Tan Group, Shield for Heroes Ph, other companies and associations have all contributed to the relief operations for the Second District of Ilocos Sur,” Rep. Singson-Meehan said.
Gallons of alcohol, and isolation gowns and gloves were also distributed to 10 private and public hospitals in the Second District.
Rep. Singson-Meehan clarified that the relief operations are not part of the funds and programs of LGUs as they are implementing programs as per guideline of the Inter-Agency Task Force.
Having the most number of population, with over 42, 000 households, Santa Maria, Narvacan, Santa, Santa Cruz, and Tagudin towns are yet to receive their assistance within this month before the ECQ ends.