OCD donates 53 tons frozen fish for Iloilo City residents
August 25, 2020 - Tuesday 5:08 PM by PNAASSISTANCE. Residents of Iloilo City are recipients of over 53 tons of frozen fish from the Office of the Civil Defense. The goods were turned over to the Liga ng mga Barangay on Monday (Aug. 24, 2020). (PNA photo by Joselito Villasis)
ILOILO CITY – Over 53 tons of frozen fish were donated by the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) to villages here through the efforts of the Office of Iloilo City Lone District Rep. Julienne Baronda on Monday.
In an interview, Baronda said the stocks will be distributed to the city’s 180 villages through the Liga ng mga Barangay (LnB).
She said the poorest of the poor will be prioritized in the provision of the assistance.
“It will be delivered to the barangays and will be distributed by their officials to their residents,” she added.
The 54,000 kilos of frozen fish are just the first batch of donations that will be given to city residents. The next batch is expected to arrive in the next few weeks.
LnB president Irene Ong said the donation would be of “great help”, adding they would have at least a viand for the day.
The fish stocks loaded in trucks will be delivered directly to the barangays.
“All households will be provided,” Ong said.
She said they hoped to distribute the stocks within the day.
The donation is timely as the city government has been providing food assistance to barangays that have been placed on lockdown.
In his press conference on Monday, Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas said barangay Duran, City Proper and Simon Ledesma, including the Jaro small market in Jaro district, have been placed in total lockdown.
Treñas said the market collector assigned at the small market who died on August 24 showed symptoms of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
The result of the swab test taken from the fatality is yet to be released.
“We closed the small market for disinfection, contact tracing and swabbing,” he said.
Meanwhile, barangays placed under surgical lockdown are Legaspi, Sto. Rosario-Duran, Ortiz and Zones 3 and 4 of Veteran's Village in City Proper district; East Timawa, Kasing-kasing in Milo district; Zone 14 of Calaparan in Arevalo district; Taft North in Mandurriao; compound of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) in Jaro district and Mansaya, Bo. Obrero and Sinikway in Lapuz district.
Simon Ledesma, including the Jaro Small Market, is under total lockdown.
Those under strict home quarantine are selected houses in Tanza Bonifacio, Zone 8 in Calumpang, Bolilao, Bakhaw and Balabago.
From August 10 until August 23, Iloilo City has recorded 441 Covid-19 cases. Perla Lena
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