Mayor Erap Signs MOA with DSWD for Lingap sa Masa

A warm handshake between Manila Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada (middle, in blue barong) and Department of Social Welfare & Development (DSWD) Acting Secretary Emmanuel A. Leyco, seals the Memorandum of Agreement that will intensify and broaden the coverage of the Lingap sa Masa (Lingap at Gabay Para sa May Sakit) program’s implementation in the City of Manila. Lingap’s core objective of providing free medicines stems from President Rodrigo Duterte’s firm commitment to care for the health needs of indigents and other vulnerable sectors as well as needy government workers. The president has allocated P1-billion for the program, and Mayor Estrada expressed his gratitude that Manila’s own health initiatives for the poor would receive a great boost through the formalization of the MOA. (Photo by Joel Santos)