THE Department of Social Welfare and Development Cordillera office (DSWD-CAR) is providing aid in the form of food packs for Kalinga residents who are currently under lockdown.
The food packs are provided at the request of the provincial government for direct distribution to residents in areas under granular lockdowns in a bid to reduce the need for said residents to leave their homes.
A total of 10,000 food packs containing five kilos of rice, canned goods, instant coffee, and instant noodles have been distributed to Kalinga residents so far.
According to DSWD-CAR Regional Director Leo Quintilla, another 7,500 food packs will be provided to the province for distribution, bringing the total to 17,500.
The food pack distribution is the latest in the measures taken in Kalinga to arrest the spread of COVID-19 following a surge in cases last January.
Following the sudden rise in cases here, lockdowns were implemented in the province, with Tabuk City being placed under enhanced community quarantine in late January.
The entirety of the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) soon followed, being placed under general community quarantine status until the end of February.
Kalinga also saw mass COVID-19 testing among residents implemented by the National Task Force following the surges and the lockdowns.