DAVAO DEL NORTE, June 3 (PIA) - The fourth wave distribution of Tagum City's food pack relief has begun today (June 3) with workers in Category 4 industries as recipients.
The Category 4 industry are establishments not permitted to operate under previous sections of the Omnibus Guidelines but are now allowed to operate under modified community quarantined (MGCQ) at 50 percent maximum capacity.
Among businesses identified by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Category 4 are gyms and other fitness facilities, sports facilities, cinemas, theaters, karaoke and comedy bars, nightclubs, beerhouses, toy stores, playgrounds, and rides.
Also under Category 4 are libraries, museums, art galleries, botanical and zoological gardens, water parks, beaches, resorts, travel agencies, tour operators, casinos and other gambling activities, massage parlors, sauna baths, facial and foot spa and waxing salons, and other amusement and leisure establishments that promote mass gathering.
However, Section 3.2 under Localized Guidelines of Executive Order 2020-47 issued by Tagum City Mayor Allan Rellon, specifies businesses that are still in "suspended operations" particularly, the Tagum City Night Market, internet cafes, and "any other activities and activities for leisure purposes, gaming but not limited to bingo, mah jong, karaoke bars, comedy bars, pubs, night clubs, billiard halls, and beerhouses".
Rellon prioritizes workers of these still suspended business establishments to receive the fourth round of food distribution that the city government has started giving today.
"Kini amoa, tabang sa ilaha kay ang uban nag reklamo walay kaunon, wala man silay kita. (This is our way of helping them as some are raising complaints of running out of food as they are no longer earning.)," he said in an interview with the Philippine Information Agency XI Davao del Norte.
He said that the food packs will be given to 9,000 workers of business establishments that have been heavily affected by the quarantine because of the long period of suspended operation.
Recipients for the distribution today, June 3, are jamboleros (market merchants), small-scale buyers of recyclable materials, ambulant vendors, and night market employees.
Set to receive on June 4 are persons with disability (PWD) workers in massage parlors; workers of travel agencies, ticketing and tour operators; and those working at entertainment industries such as bars, videoke bars, sounds and lights.
Other recipients are event organizers, bands and singers, comedian, magical and party balloons; workers of gyms, fitness studios, sports facilities; and employees of hotels and inns.
On June 5 will be Salon (sauna), massage parlors, internet cafes, and Tagumenyo Ayaw ng Droga (TADs) beneficiaries of Seryosong Tagumenyos Ayaw Nang Droga (STAND) program of the City Government addressing drug dependency.
The Mayor added that this fourth wave of food packs are made up of donations and excess supply from the first three waves.
"Since this is not enough for the 103,000 families in Tagum, we decided to distribute it to the 9,000 workers of these industries instead," Rellon stated. (Jan Vincent Leuterio/PIA-XI)