Bayugan City, Agusan Del Sur – With the help of the Philippine Army, the Bayugan City Local Government Unit’s COVID-19 Task Force led by city mayor Kirk Asis rolled out its city-wide relief operations to 26,000 households in 43 barangays with one of rice and cash assistance for constituents in the urban area and hinterlands.
The relief operation was started Tuesday (April 7) and has already reached 13 out of 43 barangays namely: Taglibas, San Agustin, Montevista, Verdu, Sagmone, Katipunan, Marcelina, San Isidro, Bucac, Charito, Gamao, Saguma and Salvacion.
With the army contingent’s able assistance, the relief operations will continue until April 14.
The COVID-19 Task Force is composed of the LGU Officials and Staffs, Social and Medical field front-liners from the city to barangay level, the 3rd Special Forces “Arrowhead” Battalion of the Philippine Army, Philippine National Police and other uniformed personnel, and volunteer civil society groups working together to provide the quality support system in this fight against COVID-19.
The City Mayor said that he cannot afford to give its constituents less than what they deserve that is why Bayugan City will provide full sack of rice initially and cash assistance.
“If this will not be enough for the whole duration of the localized quarantine, we will find a way to sustain our people,” Mayor Asis said.
“We will provide 1 full sack of rice to every household living in the rural areas while cash assistance will be provided in the urban barangays of Taglatawan and Poblacion. We provided cash to the urban barangays because we intend to keep the economic flow and activity in the city’s essential market establishments,” the Mayor added.
An estimated total of 27,000 sacks of rice were procured by the city from its homegrown and local farmers to feed the constituents and a free vegetable delivery service will also be mobilized in the urban area to provide food to the residents. “This will provide enough food for all while helping the city’s farmers to earn amid the crisis,” the mayor exclaimed.
Bayugan City aims to maintain a zero COVID-19 positive case that is why a 24/7 Emergency Operations Center is established in its City Hall to monitor the strict implementation of the border lockdowns to protect the city from the virus.
Meanwhile, the 3rd Special Forces “Arrowhead” Battalion lauds the decisive, strategic and pro-active approach of the City to maintain its economic activity afloat and sustain its constituents amid coronavirus pandemic.
The city government also vowed to provide the necessary support in protecting the front-liners who deliver the basic services and the goods for the public. (Ismael Amigo/SovereignPH.com)