ELISEO EXTENDS GOOD SAMARITAN TO NCD FOOD SUBSIDY PROGRAM
A Port Moresby based wholesale and retail company has extended its Good Samaritan effort to NCD Food Subsidy program.
Eliseo Limited has supplied food donations valued K250, 000 to the joint initiative by National Government, NCDC and Central Provincial Government.
DONATIONS BY BUSINESS AND INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITIES
Eliseo last week joined other fellow business establishments and international communities in the city to help feed the most vulnerable people during the State-of-Emergency lockdown. More: http://www.looppng.com/png-news/ncd-food-distribution-starts-91873
The company has four outlets in the city and they include Hohola, East Boroko, Erima and Gordons.
The program is a joint initiative by the National Government, National Capital District Commission-via NCD Covid-19 Taskforce-and Central Provincial Government.
NCD Covid-19 Taskforce is rolling the program out using the Christian church network in partnership with PNG Council of Churches and associated church groups.
It has nominated 46 churches as points of food distribution in the city including Motu Koita villages.
It will continue until the Covid-19 State of Emergency ends this year.
ELISEO LIMITED’S FOOD DONATION AND ITS RESPONSE TO COVID-19
Chief Operating Officer Ian Ag said the company had already donated cartons of biscuit and noodles, and bales of rice at a cost of K80, 000.
“On top of this donation, we were providing pick-ups and drop-offs when SoE order restricted the public transport. We are giving our Eliseo staff advance food rations to feed their family,” he said.
COO Ian said they were giving out 1 percent cash-back on every purchase by customers during the 14-day lockdown.
Ag continued they were also providing food subsidy to its employees to ensure their families were well fed.
Mr Ag added that they would deliver the balance when requested.
The Taskforce is distributing food to the churches once a week.
He continued that the company had been part of the community for years assisting churches, police stations and others.
According to him, the company CEO Zovin Yan and director Zhou Guanhua are stranded in China’s Shenzhen province due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
“Though they are in the China lockdown too, they are very concerned with the lockdown situation in PNG. Therefore, we have decided to help,” he said.
Their outlets have taken steps to ensure their customers observe observe SoE restrictions, he said.
“We have our staff manning main entrances with hand sanitisers and temperature gun. Our company has equipped them with basic PPE. Eliseo have marked out our stores for customers to practise social distancing.”
NCD Governor Powes Parkop commended the company for its ongoing goodwill.