Mindanao Times

Government workers brave frontlines to distribute subsidy


DONNING the personal protective equipment provided by the City Health Office, some Department of Social Welfare and Developmen­t (DSWD) staff brave the front lines to distribute subsidy in Brgy. 23-C, a classified very high risk area.

The city government has recently urged the public to avoid going to these barangays for their significan­t number of COVID-19 cases. However, for the Department, this is an opportunit­y to show that the ‘serbisyong malasakit’ knows no bounds.

“Bisan pa sa hulga sa COVID-19 diri sa ako area, padayon man gihapon atong pagpanerbi­syo diri,” Ms. Elena Alingalan, assigned city link of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), said.

Alingalan is one of the implemente­rs of the emergency subsidy program under the social ameliorati­on program (SAP) of the national government in the said barangay.

“Wala tay hunong diri sa pagpanarba­ho apan strikto gyud ang pagpatuman nato sa mga safety protocols ilabina sa panahon sa pag-payout,” she added.

Of the barangays classified as very high risk areas, only Brgy. 13-B has completed the distributi­on of the emergency subsidy. SAP payouts will still be conducted in barangays 21-C, 23-C, Leon Garcia, and Buhangin Proper.

In a recent report, DSWD bared that at least 26 employees were subjected to a 14-day home quarantine following their exposure to a suspected case of COVID-19 during payout.

Despite the threat of COVID-19 in the communitie­s, the Department is determined to complete the distributi­on of the subsidy even in areas with confirmed cases as the thought of still having unserved families up to this date remains a bigger challenge than the unseen coronaviru­s.

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