Manila Mayor Franciso “Isko Moreno” Domagoso has signed Ordinance No. 8739 releasing P1.427 billion for the city’s Food Security Program (FSP) aimed at providing basic food items to residents badly affected by the lockdowns cause by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
As of Friday, the FSP food boxes for March already reached all six districts of Manila.
“We should not allow hunger in Manila,” Domagoso reiterated in his latest weekly report to the City of Manila. “We are now preparing for the month of April.”
Launched in February, the FSP aims to provide a food box — which contains three kilos of rice, 16 pieces of canned goods, and eight sachets of coffee — to around 700,000 families in the city. It is one of the city’s key strategies in addressing the economic effects from the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
The mayor explained that the additional funding indicated in Ordinance No. 8739 ensures that the FSP food box deliveries will continue in May, June and July.
The mayor thanked the Manila City Council (MCC) for their continued support of the program. Vice Mayor Dr. Maria Sheila “Honey” Lacuna-Pangan served as presiding officer in the deliberations over Ordinance No. 8739, while Councilor Atty. Joel Chua was the majority floor leader.Domagoso previously explained that the City of Manila’s budget had to be realigned to finance the FSP. Initially, P3 billion had been allocated for the program in the City of Manila’s 2021 budget. The mayor noted that he and the MCC decided to temporarily postpone some road projects so that funds could be allotted for the FSP. SOVEREIGNPH