The Asian Development Bank said Thursday it launched a $5-million project to help the Philippine government deliver critical food supplies to 55,000 vulnerable households in Metro Manila and neighboring areas under the enhanced community quarantine to contain the spread of coronavirus disease 2019.
It said in a statement the Rapid Emergency Supplies Provision Project would be implemented under the “Bayan Bayanihan” program. It will leverage ADB and private sector resources to provide essential food supplies to vulnerable households in Luzon island, including Metro Manila, to bridge the gap until other support mechanisms are activated.
Beneficiaries will include the poorest families and informal sector workers who have lost their livelihood because of an extended period of self-isolation and business closures—measures needed to keep the spread of COVID-19 under control.
“This project will ensure that tens of thousands of the poorest and most vulnerable households in the Philippines, our host country, will continue to be able to put food on the table as they cope with the impacts of COVID-19,” ADB president Masatsugu Asakawa said.