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Dumaguete allocates PHP12 million for rice subsidy to locals

In the midst of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) epidemic, the local administration is purchasing 30,000 sacks of rice for distribution to qualified recipients.

According to General Services Officer (GSO) Azucena Gonzales in an interview on Monday, a budget of PHP12 million would be spent on rice sacks weighing 10 kilograms apiece, which the municipal council has previously authorized.

Gonzales said that the rice assistance bidding and procurement would begin on Tuesday under the GSO.

The City Social Welfare and Development Office will be in charge of distribution to eligible families once the winning provider has been chosen and all criteria have been fulfilled.

Contrary to reports circulating on social media, the city has not begun distribution.

On Monday, Rep. Manuel Sagarbarria of Negros Oriental’s second district released a statement denying another online post, a supposed signature drive under the cover of the Department of Labor and Employment’s Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) program.

According to Sagarbarria, he overheard a lady complaining of a local radio show about being asked to sign a TUPAD form purportedly from his office, but there was also a support document for a 174-hectare reclamation project on the Dumaguete beachfront.

TUPAD is a community-based package of aid that offers displaced employees, underemployed workers, and seasonal workers emergency employment for a minimum of 10 days and a maximum of 30 days.

Sagarbarria reaffirmed his opposition to the reclamation, stating that the proposal “is neither ecologically sustainable, socially acceptable, or commercially viable.”

Meanwhile, there were no new Covid cases reported here on Sunday, and the number of current illnesses remained at 49.

The City Health Office is monitoring and managing 28 active infections; one active case is outside the city; nine people are confined at Silliman University Medical Center; one is admitted at Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital; four are confined at ACE Dumaguete Doctors; two at Holy Child Hospital; and four are confined at Negros Polymedic Hospital.

The city has been placed under a broad community quarantine with increased restrictions.

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