Davao City launches mobile kitchen for disaster victims

DAVAO City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio on Monday, September 25, led the launching of "Kusina ng Bayan" (Mobile kitchen) that will serve hot meals to citizens affected by disasters within the city.

"Kini siya intended to provide hot meals during disasters kay usually man gud atong ginahatag na immediate is kanang mga grocery items. Dili man na sila makaluto dayon so mao ni ang for two districts and mag-purchase pa ta ug isa para sa third district nato (This is intended to provide hot meals during disasters. Usually, victims receive grocery items but they cannot immediately cook them. This will be the purpose of the mobile kitchens. These two will be for the two districts. We will purchase another for the third district)," Duterte-Carpio said in an interview at the City Hall grounds on Monday morning.

She added that the mobile kitchen will not only cater to the victims but to the rescuers who are waiting for their packed meals as well.

Davao City Social Services and Development Office (CSSDO) head Maria Luisa Bermudo said the mobile kitchen is one of disaster response projects of the city.

"It is expected to serve throughout the city, it is also the mayor's idea to have ‘Kusina Ng Bayan’ that if ever we would have evacuees we should be able to respond immediately within eight to 12 hours by providing hot meals, hot soup, (and) ready-to-eat food to our victims especially those who are vulnerable group like our children, the elderly and to our pregnant lactating mothers," Bermudo said.

She said the vehicle costs P2.6 million each and is equipped with heavy duty cooking equipment that will be handled by trained CSSDO staff.

Bermudo added that food items will be stored in the kitchen so it can readily be used during disasters.

"Ready-to-eat food apil na ang hot noodle soup, hardboiled egg, lugaw (rice porridge), champorado (chocolate rice porridge). We'll provide coffee kung kailangan, or Milo (chocolate drink) for our children," she added.

Bermudo said they will also coordinate with the City Health Office on the kind of food that will be prepared.

She added that having a mobile kitchen does not mean that barangay disaster council will no longer conduct community cooking during or after disaster.

“Dili pud nato iwala ang capacity sa barangay disaster council to provide also food for the victims and their families immediately after disaster (We will not also not remove the barangay disaster council's capacity to provide food also for the victims and their families immediately after disaster)," she said.

The two vehicles served pancakes during the launch on Monday.

Duterte-Carpio gamely wore her green apron and helped cook some of the pancakes.

The two mobile vehicles were blessed Monday by Fr. Bong Gonzaga.
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