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Valenzuela mayor scores DOH, DSWD for slow pandemic response

Marc Jayson Cayabyab, Ralph Edwin Villanueva - The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines — Valenzuela Mayor Rex Gatchalian has expressed disappointment at the slow response of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Department of Health (DOH) in providing relief and containing the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

In a podcast aired by ANC yesterday, Gatchalian said the DSWD gave relief goods to the city too late into the enhanced community quarantine.

He said the DSWD’s response is not “tailor-fit” to a pandemic, adding that the DSWD “thinks local government has infinite number of people and time.”

Gatchalian said the DSWD gave Valenzuela only 8,000 relief packs when the city government had already released 112,000 relief packs.

He also said the DSWD gave tedious requirements for the social amelioration program.

Gatchalian said the DSWD gave just over P600 million to give P8,000 cash aid to 82,000 households under the amelioration program.

He said Valenzuela should have been given funds to cover cash aid to 90 percent of 186,000 households.

He also scored the DOH’s belated response to contain the pandemic and its slow accreditation of laboratories to process the swab samples from probable and suspect cases.

Endings

In Parañaque, Mayor Edwin Olivarez said yesterday that the numbers at the end of home quarantine passes would be used to determine when its holders would be able to visit public and private markets.

According to the policy, which would take effect on Monday, passes ending in 1 and 2 would not be allowed on Mondays; 3 and 4, on Tuesdays; 5 and 7, on Thursdays; 7 and 8, on Fridays; and 9 and 0 on Saturdays.

Olivarez said public and private markets would be disinfected on Wednesday and the markets would be open to all on Sundays.

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL WELFARE AND DEVELOPMENT

REX GATCHALIAN

VALENZUELA

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