TACLOBAN CITY – The city government of Catbalogan in Samar has extended food aid to families in a village placed under lockdown due to confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) case.
Mayor Dexter Uy, in a statement Monday, said some 3,425 families in Mercedes village received the food assistance last week that includes a sack of rice, noodles, canned goods, biscuits, bath soaps, sugar and sachets of coffee and milk.
“We had a delay in the distribution due to the limited supply of commercial rice and we have to prioritize the payout of the emergency cash subsidy from the national government to meet the deadline,” he said.
Uy thanked all the village officials, volunteers, and the city social welfare and development office who facilitated the distribution in Mercedes.
The village was placed under lockdown on May 3, hours after the Department of Health (DOH) announced that a resident tested positive for Covid-19.
The city’s first Covid-19 patient works at a community hospital in nearby Tarangnan town, where several other health workers caught the disease.
Residents in the affected village are restricted go out of their respective homes, Uy said.
The local government supplies their food and daily monitors residents for the early management of probable and suspected carriers.
Since the Covid-19 pandemic, a total of 19 cases have been confirmed in Eastern Visayas, the DOH said.
Other areas in the region with confirmed cases are Tarangnan also in Samar, considered the most affected with 14 cases; and one each in Calbayog City and Catarman, Northern Samar. (ia/PNA)