The Andrew Fahie administration has allocated $2.8 million to the Health Emergency Operations Centre (HEOC) to fund government’s food supply and garbage collection initiatives during the lockdown period.
Premier Andrew Fahie made that announcement via a social media briefing on Sunday, April 19, while addressing residents on the latest decisions made by Cabinet in relation to the COVID-19 crisis.
He said Cabinet approved the allocation of $2 million to the HEOC for the purpose of food provisioning. He said the money came from the Consolidated Fund and was transferred to the COVID-19 Fund.
“Simply put, your government has decided to ensure that they finance the food supplies of basic food packages to be delivered to you, the people. Those in terms of seniors and those who are really in need will be the targeted group, and anyone else who have generally run out of food,” the Premier stated.
Delivery cost handled/No one to be left out
Fahie further said a portion of the $2 million will also be used to cover the financial cost to have the food packages delivered to the doors of residents who qualify.
He said: “I have instructed that we spare no efforts to ensure that for all those who are needy or in need of the food supply, that systems have been put in place to get it to you, starting very aggressively from tomorrow (Monday, April 20).”
“During the extended curfew period, no one under my watch as Premier and Minister of Finance in this territory will go hungry,” he said.
Public officers reallocated to assist
Governor Augustus Jaspert, in the meantime, urged residents to only use the service if absolutely necessary.
He said Cabinet decided to access support from members of the public service, who will assist with the supplying and delivery of food items across the BVI.
“The Deputy Governor is taking forward plans with the HEOC for public officers to be reallocated to support our food need helpline and to support deliveries to those in need as required,” Governor Jaspert said.
Persons in need of food supplies are asked to call the Essential Supplies Hotline at 284-852-7688 between 7 am and 11 am.
$800,000 to garbage initiative
Meanwhile, Premier Fahie said Cabinet had also approved the allocation of an additional $800,000 to the HEOC.
He said the monies also came from the Consolidated Fund and is geared towards financing the Department of Waste Management’s house-to-house garbage collection and recycling initiative.
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