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14-day food packs await ‘granular’ Metro

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Metro Manila Council Chairman and Paranaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez reassured the National Capital Region citizens of aid should their community is placed under a hard lockdown under the Alert Level system of granular lockdown.

In an interview over Daily Tribune’s online morning show “Gising Na!” Olivarez reiterated that packed goods would be extended to affected residents daily for the 14-day lockdown duration.

“We will give affected communities or families affected by the lockdown with food packs,” the mayor said, adding the government will not hand out cash aids anymore under the Alert Level system.

“The first seven days of food packs will come from the LGU (local government units), with the next seven days of supply to be distributed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development to augment the food aid.”

He said the concerned LGU would determine the beneficiaries in their jurisdiction, whose names are required to post on social media for transparency.

Travel restrictions with the granular lockdown are harsher than previous systems as only health care workers, inbound and outbound overseas Filipino workers (OFW), medical emergencies, and uniformed personnel will be allowed travel movements. A community, village, or even a house placed under a granular will be unannounced to prevent citizens from “escaping” the bubble.

A member of the household or community who was outside the community when placed in a granular lockdown will be allowed to go home to their residence but are prevented from leaving again.

Since 16 September, the government’s ongoing pilot run of a new framework which establishes a “granular lockdown” and alert level system has put Metro Manila under Alert Level 4 until 30 September.

All inquiries about the new system can call the Department of Interior and Local Government help desk.

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