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30,000 indigent families
in Dumaguete to get rice aid


About 30,000 indigent families in Dumaguete City will receive rice subsidy as the Sangguniang Panlungsod yesterday approved the request of Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo for an additional appropriation of P7 million for the purpose.

Each indigent family, as well as persons with disabilities and senior citizens, will receive five kilos of rice, Remollo said.

Displaced tricycle drivers in Dumaguete, as well as street vendors, masseurs, reflexologists, among others, will receive P2,500 each, and the funds will be taken from the 30 percent Quick Response Fund of the city.

Starting Monday, tricycles were allowed to ferry a maximum of two passengers at a time, and this resulted in the reduction of their daily income by half or even more. And so with the tempura vendors and masseurs who were directed to temporarily suspend their operations.

Remollo is also meeting with the finance committee to discuss the possibility of giving hazard pay to nurses, doctors and barangay health workers and others directly involved in the implementation of the executive orders of the mayor to fight the coronavirus disease.

Remollo said President Rodrigo Duterte may have allowed this but strict guidelines and procedures have to be observed.

Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo has also called on lending institutions, cooperatives and other financial institutions, to reschedule the collection of debts and payables, or forego with the penalties and interests for the past months.*


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