City mulls central commissary, mobile kitchen

AFTER the recent experience of residents during the extended severe flooding in Dagupan City, a plan for the city government to establish a permanent central commissary and a mobile kitchen to prepare and cook meals for evacuees was raised during a committee hearing of the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) last Wednesday.

The idea was discussed during the hearing attended by Councilors Alvin
Coquia, Jeslito Seen, Nicanor Aquino and Redford Erfe-Mejia.

The councilors will ask Mayor Belen Fernandez to support and fund the operation of both the central commissary and the planned mobile kitchen.

Coquia said the plan calls for both the City Nutrition Office and the City Social Welfare and Development Office to manage the two operations.

Ana Marie Lopez, city nutritionist, told the committee that there were more than 1,000 evacuees at the Dagupan People’s Astrodome alone who needed to be served hot meals and snacks.

The evacuees were fed meals prepared in an improvised kitchen at the back of the Astrodome.

Coquia said if there are no evacuees to be served, the central commissary can be used to prepare foods for regular feeding programs of the city government and for delegations participating in the Dagupan Bangus Festival.

On the other hand, the mobile kitchen can make rounds of the city and serve hot meals to families stranded in their homes, he added.

Councilor Seen said a central commissary, manned by personnel of the city nutrition office and CSWDO will ensure well-being of evacuees throughout the emergency. (Leonardo Micua)

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