Some 300 food packs consisting of rice, canned goods, mungo beans, dried fish, coffee, milk, sugar, condiments and detergents were distributed yesterday by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) here to Aeta village in Tarlac to ease the effects of Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in Luzon.

Paquito Moreno, executive director of DENR, said the food packs were distributed in Aeta communities in sitios Mabilog and Gayaman in Bamban town of Tarlac.

"This is the DENR's modest way of helping soften the impacts of ECQ amid the COVID-19 pandemic," he explained.

He said DENR employees in the region voluntarily shared their one-day salary to extend assistance to communities and medical frontlines.

The DENR also donated 200 coveralls and KN95 face mask to medical health workers of the Jose B. Lingad Regional Memorial Hospital in the City of San Fernando, Pampanga.

"In this time of crisis, let us not forget our fellow indigenous people, they too need our help to survive this crisis," he added.

Provincial offices of the DENR in the region have also distributed relief goods and personal protective equipment to their respective localities as a meager support to local communities and health workers.