TARLAC CITY -- Hindi ko hahayaang may mga magugutom.
Thus, said Mayor Cristy Angeles as she ordered the preparation of 80,000 food packs intended “to assist the city residence on the month-long Luzon-wide community quarantine against the Corona Virus spread” imposed by the national government.
The city declared a “state Calamity” last March 17, just a day after the declaration of the Luzon wide “lockdown”. The city’s declaration came before the national government declared a state of calamity.
Mayor Angeles’ statement came as many people of the city appealed for help as they feel the brunt of not being able to work for a living,
The whole of Luzon was put on community quarantine after confirmation of locally transmitted cases of the Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID19) which became apparent in the Metro Manila area.
Under the anti-COVID community quarantine, all people are “strongly advised to stay home” and ordered closed most offices and establishments, except for a few institution, effectively depriving most residence of their livelihood.
“Kung kukulangin ang Calamaity Funds, naghahanda kaming mag-realign ng pondo para matustusan ang panganga-ilangan ng mga mamamayan na naghihirap ngayon dahil sa COVID-19”, disclosed Mayor Angeles.
Under the 2020 Annual Budget, the city has P85.16 Million which can be used under a state of calamity, P66.61 Million of which is the Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Fund and P28.55 Million in Quick Response Fund.
This city has around 55,000 families most of which are daily wage earners.
“Since day 2 (March 17) of the Luzon quarantine, we already started giving food assistance to the most needy among our people. But we realized that almost all the people are suffering because of this corona virus calamity, that’s why we decided to use all our resources for almost all of our people”, disclosed Angeles, the first ever mayor of Tarlac’s capital.
Many factories and businesses are now either closed or partially operating.
Mayor Angeles also revealed that daily disinfection of the city market and roads in all barangays are being conducted.
Market time is limited from 5am to 1pm and curfew is set from 8PM to 5 in the morning.