AROUND 160,000 families in Cebu City will each receive 25 kilos of rice from the City Government.

It is the City’s measure to help residents who are affected by the “no work, no pay” principle following the closure and suspension of work of some establishments due to the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.

Cebu City Councilor Raymond Alvin Garcia said the City will start the distribution Wednesday, March 25, 2020.

Garcia emphasized that the distribution cannot be done in a day given the number of families concerned.

He said the rice assistance is only the first wave of the aid. The City is now finalizing the second wave, which is the distribution of food packs.

Jose Daluz III, City special assistant for budget concerns, said each household still have to be profiled which will be conducted by barangay officials.

The breadwinner and/or the head of the family has to be an informal earner and is taking care of a senior citizen or person with disabilities (PWD).

Daluz said a family has to meet one of the qualifications for them to be qualified to receive the assistance.

He emphasized it is not necessary that the beneficiaries are voters of the city.

“We said residents, we did not say Cebu City voters. If they are residents of Cebu City, they have been residing here for a long time and they are informal earner and they have a family residing here, then they are qualified,” Daluz explained.

In the conduct of the distribution, Daluz said personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police will be present. (JJL)