There will be sufficient food supply under enhanced quarantine -Duterte

There will be sufficient food supply under enhanced quarantine -Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte in a national televised press briefing ensured the nation most especially those living in the National Capital Region (NCR) that there will be sufficient food supply during the duration of the enhanced community quarantine.

During the press briefing he asked Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Rolando Joselito Bautista  to “utilize all vehicles of government available” to distribute food packages in communities amidst reports of panic buying and hoarding of basic goods.

“Just go around…maybe asking if there is somebody starving or in need of food. It behooves upon the barangay captain…this is a mandatory duty. It does not have to have a law because the proclamation itself suggests that there is really a need for you to work with government,” he said.
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte
(photo credit to PNA)

The President said local government executives who fail to provide communities with food will be liable for dereliction of duty.
“The barangay captain should call a number and at least food, rice, and some ulam puwede niyo ibigay sana para sa ating mga kababayan (viand that they can give to our citizens),” he said.
He reminded those in the local government who refuse to work for fear of catching Covid-19 had no right to be in their elected positions.

“If there is a barangay captain who does not fulfill his duty in going around and trying to find out how the citizens are faring...if you are afraid to die of Covid-19, then you have no business being a barangay captain,” he said.
DSWD Secretary Bautista will spearhead these food supply initiatives, he said.
Under this enhanced community quarantine, only private establishments providing basic necessities related to food, medicine, banks, power, energy, water, telecommunications, and the like will remain open.
He decided to expand the quarantine after concluding that “stricter measures are necessary” to prevent Covid-19 from spreading.

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