Over 120,000 senior citizens in the nation’s capital will receive milk food supplements as part of the Manila City government’s relief efforts amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Manila City Mayor Franciso “Isko Moreno” Domagoso announced on Monday, April 27, that a total of 120,886 senior citizens will receive a can containing 400 grams of Ensure Gold milk starting today.
“Ang City of Manila ay bumili ng gatas at ito po ang nakita naming na isang masustansyang gatas o supplement na maaari namin manlang maibigay sa inyo pandagdag sa proteksyon sa inyong kalusugan,” Domagoso said.
Domagoso said that the move of the Manila City government was made after some studies revealed that senior citizens was more vulnerable to become infected by the CoViD-19 virus.
The Ensure Gold milk was procured by the city government at the price of P237.35. The market price for the said milk brand was at more or less P400 pesos.
According to Domagoso, the local government purchased 150,000 milk cans in order to guarantee that all senior citizens living in City of Manila will received one milk.
These milk cans will be handed over to barangay officials. These officials will be the ones tasked to distribute the products to the seniors.
“Mga chairman, mga kagawad, mga barangay officials, at sa mga senior citizen, lahat po ay dapat tumanggap ng gatas na ito. Ito po ay Ensure Gold kaloob sa inyo ng Syudad ng Maynila,” Domagoso said.
“Kung meron man na hindi mabibigyan na senior citzen na nasa loob ng maynila, nakatira sa maynila, nakarehistro sa maynila, dapat magkaroon ng isang lata ng gatas,” the Mayor added.
The milk assitance was the second wave of assistance provided by the Manila City government for its senior citizens.
Earlier, the local government began the accelerated distribution of P1,500 cash pension for every duly-registered senior citizen in the nation’s capital.
More than 64,000 senior citizens have already benefited from the Social Amelioration program of the local government. MANILA CITY PIO