The Davao City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSSDO) has delivered 6,266 grocery packs to targetted beneficiaries in Barangay 23-C which is under a 14-day hard lockdown since Saturday, July 4, 2020, to control the spread of coronavirus.

CSWDO rolled out the food rationing to Barangay 23-C which is assured of continued assistance from the city government until the lockdown measures are lifted.

Maria Luisa Bermudo, the Chief of the CSWDO, said her office is targetting two cycles of food packs distribution in the barangay which has a total population of 18,000.

“We have distributed grocery packs to the families in all seven puroks of the barangay containing 15 kilos of rice and assorted canned goods, good for 10 days consumption for the residents,” Bermudo said.

Aside from food intervention, the CSWDO is conducting psychosocial support to the affected individuals through their support hotline.

Some residents of Barangay 23-C are also enrolled in Work for Davao, the emergency employment program of the city government. Currently, there are 397 residents enrolled in the program.

Also, around 383 beneficiaries are recommended for the Eskwela Davao program, the educational assistance program offered for children whose families have lost or reduced their income due to Covid-19.

Meanwhile, City Health Officer Josephine Villafuerte said that all positive cases in the barangay are in isolation at the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) and their close contacts traced are isolated in their homes.

She assured that healthworkers assigned in the barangay will continue to provide health services in the areas. Medicines and medical supplies will also be made available at the health centers.

While addressing Covid-19 situation in the barangay, CHO still holds regular health activities such as nutrition, immunization, tuberculosis, tropical disease control, and the ‘Sabayang Patak Kontra Polio.’

Barangay 23-C was placed under a hard lockdown after 88 residents tested positive of the coronavirus. The barangay is considered the city’s “hotspot” and very high-risk area of the coronavirus. CIO