CEBU City Mayor Edgardo Labella’s announcement that the City will no longer release another tranche of relief assistance to the 80 barangays has village chiefs allied to the opposition crying foul.
The mayor said the City will focus on providing assistance to areas that will be placed on segmental lockdown.
Barangay captains allied with Labella agreed, saying the City has already provided a lot of assistance.
“Twice the City gave 25 kilos of rice to every family. The City also gave financial assistance twice for the purchase of relief goods and PPE (personal protective equipment),” said Suba Barangay Captain Joel Sable in Cebuano. That should suffice,” he said.
Sambag 2 Barangay Captain Ryan Aznar echoed his sentiments, pointing out the City’s limited resources.
But Inayawan Barangay Captain Kirk Bryan Repollo, who is with the opposition Bando Osmeña Pundok Kauswagan, said the rice subsidy from City Hall was not coursed through his office but was given instead to the Mayor’s Information and Liaison Office.
Repollo said he used the P3 million in cash aid the barangay received from the City to buy canned goods and other food products and distributed these to around 11,000 families together with face masks.
As for the additional P1 million the City promised to the barangay, Repollo said they have yet to receive it.
He said he was forced to distribute relief goods four times using barangay funds after some residents complained that they did not receive any relief assistance from the City.
“So far, those are the only assistance that we received. And would that suffice during the more or less four months of no work and no pay? Would that suffice to support the 11,000 more or less families residing in our barangay?” he said.
Carreta Barangay Captain Marciano Ando said the City provided rice subsidy to families on lockdown, but it did not provide any other food.
He said families included in the segmental lockdown for 66 days received only one sack of rice each.
Meanwhile, the City is yet to finish distributing P1 million to the 80 barangays.
Last March, village chiefs received between P1 million and P3 million, depending on the size of their barangay, to buy food supplies for their constitutents and PPE. (JJL)