30,000 families in distress mode

Thirty thousand indigent families and individu-als that are in a crisis situation right now due to the prevailing threat of corona virus in Dumaguete City will receive assistance in the form of a rice subsidy.

In today’s regular session, the city council has approved the request of city Mayor Felipe Remollo for an additional appropriation of P7 million for this purpose, exclusive for Dumaguete residents only.

Each of the 30,000 indigent families will receive 5 kilos of rice, according to Mayor Remollo including persons with disabilities (PWDs) and senior citizens.

Likewise, displaced tricycle drivers in Dumaguete will receive P2,500 each, including tempura vendors, masseurs, reflexiologists, among others, funds of which will be taken from the 30% Quick Response Fund (QRF) or approximately P7 million.  It was only on Monday that tricycles are allowed only to carry a maximum of two passengers at a time, which resulted in the reduction of their daily income by half or even more.  And so with the tempura vendors and masseurs who were directed to temporarily suspend their operation.

Remollo is also meeting with the finance committee to discuss the possibility of extending hazard pay to  health workers of the city, to include nurses, doctors and barangay health workers and others directly involved in the implementation of the executive orders of the mayor.

Remollo said President Rodrigo Duterte may have allowed this but strict guidelines and procedures have to be observed.

Gov. Roel Degamo has also called on lending institutions, cooperatives and other financial institutions, if they can share the burden of their clients by rescheduling the collection of debts and payables, or forego with the penalties and interests for the past months.jrg