CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga, April 8 (PIA) -- Department of Science and Technology (DOST) distributed food packs to residents and frontline workers in Pampanga.
DOST Regional Director Julius Caesar Sicat said the effort is meant to alleviate the adverse effects of the Enhanced Community Quarantine which is being implemented from March 17 to April 30.
Aligned with President Rodrigo Dutertes Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, the DOST Region 3, thru OneDOST against COVID-19 project under the Regional Grants-In-Aid program, started to distribute 150 complementary food packs with washable mask to Jose B. Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital and another 150 to Diosdado P. Macapagal Memorial Hospital, Sicat said.
About 800 food packs were also given to 400 indigent families in Barangay Maimpis, City of San Fernando, while police officers and barangay officials manning the checkpoints along Jose Abad Santos Avenue also received 400 packs.
Sicat revealed that DOST aims to distribute a total of 10,500 food packs, wherein they will continue distributing every other day for the next two weeks.
Each food pack contains veggie buns, rice monggo crunchies and calamansi juice, which were all provided by DOST III program partners. One washable face mask is also included in each pack.
We would like to thank Culinarya Pampanga for formulating the veggie nutri buns, and baked by Lailens Pastries, a DOST-SETUP beneficiary; the DOST Food and Nutrition Research Institute for the rice monggo crunchies produced by the Gintong Kusina Producers Cooperative of Guiguinto, Bulacan and the Calamansi Growers and Rice Producers Cooperative of Concepcion, Tarlac, for going on extended work hours to produce and deliver the calamansi juice, Sicat stated. (CLJD/MJSD-PIA 3)