First District Office, City Health Office launch feeding program in 9 barangays

DAVAO CITY – The Office of the First District Representative Paolo Duterte in coordination with the City Health Office (CHO) launched on September 15, Tuesday, the ‘Kampanya Kontra Malnutrisyon’ feeding program at Purok 27-Pandaman in Barangay Maa of this city.

Duterte’s office said that the food supplemental program for undernourished children, pregnant and lactating mothers aim to improve and sustain the healthy status of the children and lactating mothers in the nine of the 54 barangays under the first district.

There were 60 selected beneficiaries who first received food packs containing one kilo of rice, one-fourth kilo of mongo, six pieces tablea (chocolate cacao tablets), textured vegetable protein, and vitamins.

Aside from the food packs, the beneficiaries were also served with hot meals by the members of the office of the first congressional district. The CHO members, meanwhile, distributed organic mosquito repellents to the mothers.

Before the feeding program started, beneficiaries were also weighed and measured as baseline for monitoring and evaluation purposes. Every month, they will be weighed and measured to assess the progress of their nutritional status.

The same goods and procedures will be provided to the 30 identified beneficiaries from eight other barangays, namely: 19B, 8A, 5A, Magtuod, Catalunan Grande, Catalunan Pequeno, Matina Aplaya, and 31D.

Then, the food packs will be given to the beneficiaries for the next three months, every Monday. Improvements in the nutritional status of children will be determined once they complete the given duration of supplemental feeding. ###

Rep. Duterte’s office distributes 129 food packs to Leon Garcia fire victims

DAVAO CITY – More than 100 victims of a fire incident received food packs from the Office of the First Congressional District on September 15, Tuesday afternoon, in Barangay Leon Garcia, Agdao District in this city.Rep. Paolo Duterte’s office distributed food packs containing three kilos of rice, six canned goods, and three noodles, including face masks to 129 families affected of the fire incident that occurred at around 2 a.m. on September 3.Barangay Leon Garcia chieftain Lita Impis said that of the 129 families, 66 were house owners, 14 were renters, 34 were sharers, 10 were boarders and 15 were absentee house owners. All victims are temporarily sheltered at Leon Garcia Elementary School.In the initial report earlier from the Davao City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD), around 60 houses and seven classrooms of the Emmanuel Garcia Elementary School were gutted by fire leaving the victims homeless at the moment.The barangay chieftain, in behalf of the victims, expressed her gratitude to the first congressional district office, especially to the young congressman, for the response to the needs of the affected families.The district office has been giving food packs not only to its constituents, but also to other areas of Davao where people are also in need of assistance like the victims of the fire and other emergency incidents.

Bong Go sends aid to fellow Dabawenyos affected by a fire incident in Agdao

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go expressed his concern for his fellow Dabawenyos who were hit by a fire incident in Brgy. Leon Garcia, Sr., Agdao, Davao City. In a virtual message to victims, Go urged Filipinos to cooperate and show compassion to each other in the spirit of ‘bayanihan’ as the country continues to overcome the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

“Kumusta kayong lahat diyan, mga kapatid ko sa Davao? Mayroon akong konting tulong na assistance, masks, face shield na ipinadala diyan. Ang importante walang nasaktan, walang nangyaring masama dahil ang gamit pwede natin mapalitan, ang buhay hindi pwedeng mapalitan,” Go said.

“Magtulungan at magmalasakit po tayong mga kapwa Pilipino. Patuloy tayong magbayanihan. Hindi po kayo pababayaan ng gobyerno sa krisis na ito. Ang DTI, magbibigay rin sa inyo ng pangkabuhayan,” he added.

Aside from livelihood assistance for qualified beneficiaries from the Department of Trade and Industry, Go’s team also provided food packs, masks, face shields, financial assistance, medicines and alcohol to the 126 families, or 350 individuals, affected by the fire.

The Senator also gave out bicycles to selected recipients to promote the use of safe alternative modes of transportation during the current health crisis. However, he also advised them to take extra precaution when using their bicycles.

Representatives from various agencies, such as the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Health, Department of Labor and Employment, National Housing Authority, Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, and City Social Services and Development Office were also present to provide additional assistance to the families.

“Kinausap ko ang DSWD na magbibigay ng financial assistance sa inyo, ang NHA para magbigay ng pambili ng housing materials, at ibang pang mga ahensya ay tutulong rin. Hindi po kayo pababayaan sa oras ng inyong pangangailangan,” said Go.

Health protocols, such as social distancing and wearing of masks, were strictly followed by attendees and officials present during the distribution of assistance to avoid the spread of COVID-19 in the community.

Meanwhile, Go shared that the poor and vulnerable sectors would be given free masks by the government, especially those who cannot afford to buy their own in order to comply with the stricter mask-wearing policy. He also said that President Rodrigo Duterte committed to prioritize the poor and the vulnerable in gaining access to vaccines against COVID-19 once they are made available in the country.

“Konting tiis lang, kami ni Pangulong Duterte ay gagawin po namin ang lahat, pag meron na po tayong vaccine, uunahin po namin ‘yung mahihirap at ‘yung mga vulnerable. Ito ‘yung mga taong kailangang magtrabaho, kailangang lumabas dahil kailangan nilang buhayin ang kanilang pamilya. Uunahin po namin kayo,” he said.

Also in his message to the victims, Go gave some fire prevention reminders to avoid these accidents from reoccurring. Last year, the Davaoeño legislator filed the Fire Protection Modernization bill seeking to enhance the Bureau of Fire Protection’s ability to suppress destructive fire and minimize damage to life and property.

“Konting ingat lang po sa mga bata, huwag ninyong iiwanan (silang mag-isa). Madaming nadadamay tuwing may nasusunugan. Mag-ingat po tayo parati. Sundin palagi ang mga fire prevention measures para maiwasan ang disgrasya,” Go said.

Ending his message, Go expressed optimism that the situation in the country will eventually return to normal. He also urged the residents to continue cooperating with the government and showing their concern for their fellow Filipinos so the country can easily bounce back from the health crisis.

“Tulungan lang tayo at ingat po. Itong nangyayari sa atin na krisis, malalagpasan din natin ito,” Go said.

“Sana makabalik na tayo sa dating normal, dating normal na pwede natin yakapin ang mga kapatid nating Pilipino,” he added.

Mayor Sara to lift Liquor Ban on September 21

Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte will issue an executive order next week to lift the city’s liquor ban that she has imposed since April to minimize the possibility of transmitting the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) during drinking sessions.

Mayor Sara is set to lift the liquor ban on September 21.

The mayor, however, reminded Dabawenyos that the lifting of the liquor ban was not a response to the clamor of the people for alcohol. Instead, the decision, she said, was made to to help business owners and people whose job are connected to the liquor industry.

“Wala nato gi lift ang liquor ban para sa inyoha. Gi-lift nato ang liquor ban para sa negosyo ug para sa mga tao nga nagtrabaho sa liquor business (We did not lift the liquor ban for you. We lifted the liquor ban for the businesses and for the people who are working in the liquor business),” she said.

Despite the lifting of the liquor ban, Mayor Sara stressed that beerhouses are still on the negative list of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), so establishments alike are still prohibited to operate. CIO

Rep. Duterte’s office distributes 1, 200 food packs to fisherfolks

DAVAO CITY – About 1,200 fisherfolks received food packs from the Office of the First District on September 10, Thursday afternoon, at the seaside of Purok 8, Barangay 76-A Bucana of this city.

Representative Paolo Duterte’s office distributed the food packs containing three kilos of rice, six canned goods and three noodles to fisherfolks who were also affected by the global crisis.

Since the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) began to spread across the globe, several Filipinos were having difficulty in coping with the challenges and changes, among them are the fisherfolks.

Duterte’s office said that the beneficiaries were residents of the first district and are members of the fisherfolks associations in the above-mentioned barangay.

The fisherfolks associations are namely: Aroma, Riverside, Purok Pasil, Purok 22A, Badjao, Kisada, Seaside, Dapsa 1 and Dapsa 2, Muslim-Christian, Bucana sa Kalambuan, and Bolton Riverside.

Rep. Duterte’s office earlier mentioned that the distribution of food packs focused on the “poorest of the poor” from all 54 barangays in the first district.

The district office has been giving food packs to those in need, especially its constituents, since the quarantine. Even other local governments in Davao also received assistance from Duterte’s office.