ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Carmelo Lazatin, Jr. has ordered the emergency purchase of 100 sacks of rice and 500 boxes of canned goods to augment the city’s food stockpile and assure there will be available supplies to indigent families.
The additional goods is part of the City’s preparation in times of emergencies, the mayor said.
According to Lazatin, this is the effort of the City Government to achieve a ready and resilient city that would always have the means to provide for its people.
He added that the city aims to deliver as much resources on the ground level such as food security in a drive to always be efficient and effective to the public.
“Whether there is an emergency or not, we would always want to have a total preparedness, assuring we have the ability to help Angeleños,” he said.
Lazatin said he wants to ensure that there will be no scarcity in supplies in the event of emergencies.
The mayor at the same times appealed to his constituents to let the city government prioritize the indigent families.
He stressed that in this time when the country is facing a public health emergency and crisis due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), it’s important for the public to stay calm and avoid hoarding products since it will not help to combat the disease.
Lazatin said bulk buying of products especially basic necessities will deprive others the chance to provide for themselves and increase chances of spreading the disease.
The procurement of emergency supplies is in line with the declaration of President Duterte that Local Government Units (LGUs) are encouraged to use alternative methods in times of urgent cases.
The President expressed his dismay over the delay in the purchase of emergency goods during the Marawi crisis.
With this, he immediately signed the Executive Order No. 34 for the government’s alternative methods for procurement. (PR)