City needs P3M to establish ‘food bank,’ says Dizon

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THE Cebu City Government will need to allocate P3 million in order to establish a “food bank” aimed to feed affected residents during times of public health emergencies and calamities.

Cebu City Councilor Alvin Dizon made the matter known in a proposed resolution he filed before the City Council on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2021.

In his proposed resolution, Dizon asked the executive department, through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), to allocate the amount as budgetary requirement for the implementation of City Ordinance 2570, which establishes a food bank in the city.

The ordinance, also known as “An Ordinance Establishing a Food Bank in the City of Cebu in Times of Public Health Emergencies and Disasters Providing Funds Thereof and Other Purposes,” was enacted last August 2020.

Dizon, through his ordinance, pushed for the adoption of a food bank strategy as a relief and assistance approach “to mobilize food donations” for distribution to support communities affected by the pandemic and for preparation for future disasters and calamities.

Based on the ordinance, the food bank program and activities are appropriated an initial amount of P3 million to ensure its full operation. (WBS)

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