237 barangays in Bataan to cook meals for poor families

BALANGA CITY — The provincial government launched a project aiming to cook meals for poor families in all 237 barangays of Bataan.

Governor Albert Raymond Garcia revealed in a statement that he convened barangay chairpersons thru a video conferencing app to prepare them in the launching of the project dubbed as Kusina sa Barangay.

Barangay San Carlos in Mariveles town distributes meals for free to poorest of the poor families under the Kusina sa Barangay project of the provincial government of Bataan. (Barangay San Carlos – Mariveles, Bataan Facebook page)

“The Kusina sa Barangay project is designated to benefit residents who are considered as poorest of the poor wherein they will be provided with meals during the midst of the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease] pandemic,” Garcia stated.

He stressed that the provincial government allotted PhP41 million for the launching of the project in all barangays for a total of 136,375 household beneficiaries in Bataan. 

Garcia explained that barangay officials will facilitate the project, and meals shall be either delivered house-to-house or household representatives will pick up the food using their quarantine pass. Beneficiaries are instructed to bring their own containers.

The governor is also appealing to the private sector, religious groups and other associations to unite in helping the government fight the spread of COVID-19. 

“Kusina sa Barangay project will be in need of kitchenwares and we are open for those who want to lend or donate used pots, pans, stoves, and other cooking equipment,” Garcia added.

In Mariveles town, Barangay San Carlos started Monday the launching of the project and has organized a schedule of distribution per street.

“We have started cooking meals for our residents. Household beneficiaries will receive lunch meals three times a week depending on the schedule,” Barangay Captain Jester Ivan Ricafrente said. 

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