The Department of Social Welfare and Development in Western Visayas (DSWD-6) has been delivering family food packs to local government units (LGUs) in Antique to supplement their decreasing resources.
In an interview on Wednesday, DSWD Antique chief Melrose Amaran said that in the first semester of 2021, the province’s 18 municipalities received 23,969 family food boxes worth P11 million.
Based on the data provided by the DSWD-6, San Jose de Buenavista received 3,200 food packs; San Remigio, 2,510; Tobias Fornier with 2,099; Caluya, 2,000; Sibalom, 2,300; Laua-an and Barbaza, 1,520 food packs each; Hamtic, 1,500; Anini-y, 1,010; Tibiao, Belison and Bugasong with 1000 each; Pandan, 800; Sebaste, 510; and Patnongon, Valderrama, Libertad, Culasi with 500 each.
Food packs are part of the department’s routine program to assist LGUs with feeding their citizens who are either in a home or facility quarantine and whose travels are restricted due to the deployment of border controls during the health epidemic.
“The DSWD distributes family food packs to the LGUs that have requested for augmentation because of their depleted local resources already,” said DSWD Regional Office 6 Project Development Officer III Don Sasu in a separate interview.
Due to the discovery of 22 local cases of the Delta variant in the province, Antique established border controls at the beginning of this month and made them considerably stringent starting August 11.
Non-Authorized Persons Outside of Residence (non-APORs) must obtain a travel pass anytime they go out to buy food supplies due to tighter provincial and municipal border restrictions.
“With the stricter border control implemented in the province, five LGUs in Antique had again requested family food packs to be distributed to their constituents,” he said.
Only this August did the municipalities of Bugasong, Sebaste, Pandan, San Jose de Buenavista, and Belison request extra stocks.
On August 11, Bugasong and Sebaste each received 1,000 food packs, while Pandan, San Jose de Buenavista, and Belison, who each requested 500 food packs, will receive their requested augmentation within the week.
Each food pack, according to Sasu, costs roughly P540 and includes six kilograms of rice, 10 canned goods, and six sachets of energy drink.