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Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso explains how he prioritized hunger over infra

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As a local chief executive, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso had to make tough decisions.

Domagoso explained why he canceled funds meant for road maintenance so that the money could be used to feed the people of the city.

In a Facebook post, Domagoso said his decisions and actions are based on data.

In September 2020, a few months into the pandemic, a study came out saying that many will go hungry because of the health crisis.

This prompted him to prioritize feeding the people.

“Dahil sa data na iyon, agad ko pong kinansela ang pondo na nakalaan para sa mga road maintenance at mga bagay o programa na hindi naman importante pa. Naniniwala po ako na ang tao ay may kumakalam na sikmura pero ang kalsada ay wala,” he said.

The funds for road maintenance were used for the Food Security Program wherein Manila residents regularly received food aid regardless of whether there was a lockdown or not.

The city was able to distribute 700,000 food boxes monthly, he said.

“Ang goal natin noon ay kapakanan muna ng tao ang unahin nang walang pamilyang magugutom. Sabi ko nga noon sa aking mga kababayan, ‘Sa Maynila, kakain tayo!’” he said.