Longhouse receive food baskets

Hidayah (left) hands over food baskets to Bareng.

MATU: Residents of Rumah Panjang Bareng in Bruan Tutus recently received   food baskets through the Information on Wheels (IOW) programme conducted by the Information Department Sarawak (JaPen) Matu district.

The IOW programme  disseminates information including public announcement as well as distribution of pamphlets, posters and other printer materials and government policies directly to the grassroots level.

“With the enforcement of the movement control order (MCO) in the country, the IOW programme uses the public announcement approach to ensure that information is continuously and regularly  disseminated to the community,” JaPen Matu said in a statement today (Thursday).

Tuai rumah or community leader Bareng Atok, 55, said the IOW programme provided the latest information on the standard operating procedures (SOPs) during the MCO.

He added he understood the laws set by the National Security Council (MKN) and would ensure that his longhouse residents comply with the SOPs to break the chain of Covid-19 transmission.

“However, I am very thankful that the implementation of MCO does not prohibit the residents from going out at sea or into the forest as their livelihood depends on it.

“I am also thankful for the contributions and concern shown by the local representative as well as the government agencies in Matu who have helped a lot in easing the burden  faced during this MCO,” he said.

Also present during the handover of food baskest to 10   household heads was JaPen Matu district officer, Nor Hidayah Ismail.