Will the DSWD Provide Assistance for Areas Affected by Granular Lockdown?
DSWD – The Department of Social Welfare and Development spoke on the assistance for the areas that will be under granular lockdown.
The national government and the health authorities are set for a pilot testing of a new community quarantine measure in Metro Manila after September 15, 2021. The measure will be implemented alongside granular lockdown.
According to the Department of Health (DOH), the widespread lockdown may no longer work in the current situation as a lot of Filipinos have to go out for work. The pandemic task force drafted guidelines on its implementation including an alert level system.
Under the granular lockdown, cities in the capital region may be under different alert level systems. It will determine the protocols that need to be observed including the allowed operation of the establishments in an area.
According to DOH, what they notice was that COVID-19 cases are congested in a certain area. Under the granular lockdown, upon the recommendation of a health official, the local government unit (LGU) may implement a lockdown on a specific area.
With regards to the assistance that may be provided for those who will be under lockdown, based on a report on ABS-CBN News, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) assured that food packs will be given.
According to DSWD Assistant Secretary Glenda Relova, the food packs will be given not only to those living in areas that will be declared under lockdown but as well as “those peripheral areas where there will be no movement at all”.
Relova assured that the assistance that they will be providing is not limited to food packs alone citing that the people may have other needs. According to her, it will depend on the proposal of the constituents as she assured that the Department will give whatever the people need.
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