Mayor Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin visiting bedridden elderly. File photo of ACIO
ANGELES CITY – The most vulnerable sectors of the community took primary focus Tuesday in the city government’s “all-inclusive care” efforts in these times of the enhanced community quarantine.
The city announced it procured P10–million worth of Vitamin C supplements for house-to-house distribution staring April 15 to poor senior citizens in the 33 barangays here numbering some 25,000.
Mayor Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin tasked the City Health Office, the Office of Senior Citizens Affairs, Gender and Development, and the City Information Office to lead the distribution of the supplements.
Lazatin said this is to help boost the immune system of senior citizens in the City, with the World Health Organization saying the elderly are more susceptible to contracting the coronavirus disease.
The latest assistance to the senior citizens is part of the care the city renders the sector that include social pension, financial and medical assistance since Lazatin assumed office in July 2019.
Meanwhile, P5–million worth of milk and other children’s will be distributed starting on April 8 to children of indigent families here.
The budget was originally appropriated for the feeding of malnourished children in the city.
While Lazatin is an advocate of breast feeding, he stressed the need for milk as supplemental food for children “in times like these.”
The mayor has ordered the Barangay Nutrition Scholars and Barangay Population Workers to check the needs of poor families with children.
The help for children will be distributed door-to-door based on the household survey of the BNS and BPW.
Lazatin has also called on the Angeles City Culiat Jaycees to help the city acquire diapers and other children’s needs.