Pasig City rolls out food coupon for public school students

Marje Pelayo   •   April 14, 2020   •   582

PASIG CITY, Philippines – Parents and guardians on Tuesday (April 14) patiently waited at the school grounds of Manggahan Elementary school to claim food coupons from the local government.

Each food coupon is worth P100 and can be used to purchase goods at Pasig City Mega Mart, mobile markets and in barangay markets or talipapa.

Enrolled students from kindergarten to high school in all public schools in Pasig City are entitled to P400 worth of coupon each.

The purpose of the project, the local government said, is to provide school children with nutritious foods like vegetables and fruits aside from the common relief goods usually composed of instant noodles and canned goods.

Ang sabi nga po ni Mayor, kailangan po na makakain ng hindi lang de lata kundi fresh na pagkain, gulay lalo na, ang mga estudyante, para naman hindi ma-stunt ang growth ng student ng Pasig City, (Mayor [Vico] said it is important for students to eat nutritious foods like vegetables and fruits other than canned goods so that their growth wouldn’t be stunted),” explained Elvie Flores of the Pasig City Human Resources Development Division.

To claim, parents or guardians may present the student’s school or library card or the child’s birth certificate.

LGU Representatives will check the student’s name from the master list provided by the school to make sure that the child is enrolled.

Flores said they initially planned to bring the coupons to the students’ respective households in observance of the social distancing protocol.

However, they are not allowed to access student information such as their home addresses.

“Because of data privacy, hindi po binigay sa amin ang address ng mga bata so hindi namin siya pwedeng bahay-bahayin (Because of data privacy, we cannot have a copy of the students’ addresses so we cannot bring the coupons to their houses),” she noted.

The official assured that members of the City Government’s Office of Public Security were accompanying them to maintain proper physical or social distancing measures on the course of the distribution. MNP (with inputs from Rey Pelayo)

Pasig begins supplemental SAP distribution

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 6, 2020

The Pasig City government has begun the distribution of their supplemental Social Amelioration Program (SAP) to its constituents.

According to Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto, the supplemental SAP distribution will begin in five barangays as a pilot run. Each family, who is in further need of assistance, will be given P8,000.

The supplemental SAP are for the families not listed in the government’s SAP. The Pasig City government also clarified that families not qualified for the supplemental SAP includes: families listed in national SAP, all 4Ps beneficiaries, government employees, couples that are not legally married and have no children.

The head of the families qualified for the supplemental SAP need to present a valid ID as well as the photocopy in order to receive the P8,000 cash assistance.

Meanwhile, Sotto advised its constituents to have patience with their distribution of the national SAP.

“Nahirapan lang din talaga tayo dahil hindi natugma ang guidelines na ibinaba sa atin doon sa available na datos at sistema na mayroon na tayo, (We are having difficulty because the guidelines do not match with the available data and system we have now)” he said.

Sotto assured that those who will not receive the national SAP will still be given assistance through the supplemental SAP. AAC

Pasig City to impose barangay coding for all its establishments, markets

Robie de Guzman   •   April 27, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Pasig City government will implement a barangay coding scheme starting Thursday, April 30 for all establishments and public markets in the city amid the enforcement of enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto said they will impose this scheme in hopes of controlling crowds and the interaction of people to stop the spread of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Sotto said they have initially tried and saw the success of the scheme at the Pasig Mega Market where they only allowed residents from 10 barangays each day to go purchase necessities from the market.

Under the scheme, residents will only be allowed to visit the markets twice a week depending on the schedule of their barangays. They are also advised to strictly observe physical distancing.

Based on information released by the Pasig City Public Information Office, residents may only visit the Pasig Mega Market from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. depending on the following barangay schedules:

Monday & Thursday

  • Brgy. Rosario
  • Brgy. Santolan
  • Brgy. Maybunga
  • Brgy. San Miguel
  • Brgy. Ugong
  • Brgy. Dela Paz
  • Brgy. Palatiw
  • Brgy. Sto. Tomas
  • Brgy. Malinao
  • Brgy. Sumilang

Tuesday & Friday

  • Brgy. Manggahan
  • Brgy. Sta. Lucia
  • Brgy. Kalawaan
  • Brgy. Sagad
  • Brgy. Buting
  • Brgy. San Joaquin
  • Brgy. Caniogan
  • Brgy. Sta. Cruz
  • Brgy. Oranbo
  • Brgy. Bagong Katipunan

Wednesday & Saturday

  • Brgy. Pinagbuhatan
  • Brgy. San Jose
  • Brgy. Bagong Ilog
  • Brgy. Bambang
  • Brgy. Pineda
  • Brgy. Kapitolyo
  • Brgy. San Antonio
  • Brgy. Kapasigan
  • Brgy. San Nicolas
  • Brgy. Sta. Rosa

Each family will get a “permit to leave premises” which will be distributed by the Pasig City Police, Sotto said. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Harlene Delgado)

Senators defend Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto against NBI summons

Robie de Guzman   •   April 2, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Senators on Wednesday blasted the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for summoning Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto over his alleged violation of the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act.

The NBI on Tuesday summoned Sotto, saying he violated the law when he allowed tricycles to operate in his jurisdiction despite the suspension of public transport operations during the enhanced community quarantine period in Luzon.

Senator Francis Pangilinan, in a statement, said Sotto did not violate the law when he allowed the operation of “improvised tricycles” before March 18.

“Paano nilabag ni Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto ang batas na hindi pa batas? Ginamit ang mga improvised tricycle bago mag-March 18. Umapela, tinanggihan, at sumunod sa utos si Mayor Vico March 19,” he said.

“Naging batas ang Bayanihan to Act Heal as One Act (Special Powers Act) noong March 24,” he added.

Senator Risa Hontiveros also slammed the NBI for bringing “hostile attention” to “well-performing leaders” amid the crisis on novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“Andaming kailangang bigyna ng solusyon: nagkakasakit na health workers, mga nagugutom. Why hostile attention to well-performing leaders like Vico?” she wrote on her Twitter account.

“The Bayanihan Law cannot be applied retroactively, and doesn’t suspend the right to dissent or express views. May na-insecure ba?” she added.

Senator Joel Villanueva also questioned the NBI’s move, saying that as far as he is concerned, the mayor has the “best practices” that other local government units “started to emulate nationwide.”

Villanueva also said that Sotto’s ideas to combat the spread of COVID-19 threat “make sense.”

“So, our question is do we really need this notice right now when we want our local government officials to mobilize all the resources they have to respond to their constituents’ needs? We have an urgent task at hand, and distractions such as this don’t help,” he tweeted.

Mayor Sotto was earlier lauded for coming up with solutions to address the COVID-19 crisis in his jurisdiction.

Among the city’s notable responses was the deployment of market-on-wheels, mobile kitchens and portable disinfection facilities.

According to Mayor Sotto, he is ready to respond to the NBI summon.

“Handa po kami kasi wala naman kaming tinatago,” he said.


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