Angeles City---The city government here distributed milk, cereals, rice, and food packs to 3,300 indigent residents in Barangay Pandan, Pulung Maragul, Sta. Trinidad, and Pampang.
The formula milk was given to children aged 1 to 2 years old.
Amid the pandemic, Mayor Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin, Jr. vowed to continue bringing basic services to improve the lives of all Angelenos, especially those from the marginalized sectors.
“Gusto nating iparamdam sa kanila na hindi nakakalimot ang city government, at kahit maraming pagsubok na kinakaharap dahil sa pandemya, tuloy tuloy pa rin ang pagtugon natin sa mga pangangailangan nila,” the mayor said.
The items were distributed by Gender and Development Office, City Social Welfare and Development Office, and Angeles City Barangay Outreach.
The city government thanked the Department of Social and Welfare Development (DSWD) Regional Office 3 for cereals given to them.
Since the start of the pandemic in April, the city government has also continuously distributed relief packs, vitamins, milk, and facemasks to indigent residents in Sitio Target, Sitio Babo, and Sitio Bliss in Barangay Sapangbato.
A total of P12 million was used for the procurement of milk for the 50,723 children in the city’s 33 barangays.
Another P5 million will be allotted for food and milk assistance for children six months to 6 years old who will be found malnourished.
A highlight of Lazatin’s program for children was achieving the number of target beneficiaries for the “Sabayang Patak Kontra Polio,” a nationwide campaign of the Department of Health for the distribution of the oral anti-polio vaccine.
A total of 43,392 children were given the polio vaccine in the first wave and another 47,052 in the second wave, giving Angeles City the highest recorded number of vaccinations in Region 3.
The city government is administering the ongoing free vaccination of children against measles, polio, and rubella.
Lazatin is focusing on improving the nutrition of children targeting “zero malnourishment” in the city by the year 2022.
“We have allocated P4 million for the feeding program of all daycare students for 2021. The city nutritionists will prepare the food,” he said.
The Lazatin administration has also provided a continuous supply of free vitamin A and C supplements and deworming of all kids below 7 years old.