WE LAUD the launching of Davao City's Kusina ng Bayan or mobile kitchen on Monday, September 25, with Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio spearheading it.
Two mobile kitchens will serve hot meals to the city's disaster victims and emergency responders as well as to evacuees seeking shelter here including the internally displaced persons (IDPs) due to the war in Marawi City.
Mayor Duterte-Carpio said serving hot meals is better than giving grocery packs to disaster victims and evacuees as they no longer have to hassle themselves with cooking food since trained mobile kitchen staff will do the cooking and food preparation while all the beneficiaries have to do is get their fill to satisfy their hungry stomachs.
Each mobile kitchen is intended for the first and second districts. The mayor said they will purchase another one for the third district.
Davao City Social Services and Development Office (CSSDO) head Maria Luisa Bermudo said the mobile kitchen, which aims to provide hot meals to victims within eight to 12 hours after a calamity or a disaster, is part of the city's disaster response projects.
The project addresses the immediate need of calamity victims, especially those who are more vulnerable - the children, elderly, pregnant and lactating mothers.
This is another milestone for the city that has already initiated a handful of landmark legislations like the Comprehensive Anti-Smoking ordinance, Women's Development Code and firecracker ban, among others.
CSSDO's coordination with the Davao City Health Office will further help in making the mobile kitchen an effective tool to provide hot nutritious meals to its beneficiaries.
May the City Government of Davao continue to innovate and think on ways to better serve Dabawenyos and those who take shelter here. The mobile kitchen is indeed a very welcome initiative.
Published in the SunStar Davao newspaper on September 26, 2017.
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