NAGA CITY, Mar 23 (PIA) -The COVID-19 pandemic, which unprecedentedly scaled up in terms of death and number of affected persons in just a span of few months, created an insurmountable fear, draping the blues not only to those who belong to the marginalized sector but stretched out to those who are affluent and powerful.
It goes to show that the virus picks no one, respects no boundaries, even transcends ages and races.
While the rich scampered to load their push carts with grocery items which could last, perhaps even beyond the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) timeline that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte imposed, those in the frontline - the doctors, nurses, responders , uniformed personnel, those providing essential services during this most trying times and even the media, braved themselves to deliver what is expected of them.
Despite the news on hoarding, overpricing, complaints for the little discomfort of those who hated the "stay-home-policy" which is just a pinch as compared to the big sacrifice of front liners, there is one good news amidst the many fake news -- the heart of humanity continue to throb in the face of this uncertainty.
Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) reaches out, partners with SM City Naga and Villa Caceres Hotel
Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) -Camarines Sur Chapter Chairman SM Bong Echalose, together with business tycoon and philanthropist Robert Obiedo conducted a surprise visit to the front liners patiently manning the various checkpoints in Naga City and adjacent municipalities of Camarines Sur.
SM City Naga, as manifestation of its support to battle the spread of COVID-19, also sent out hundreds of boxes of bottled water, complementing the free packed meals given by KBP and Villa Caceres to health volunteers, responders and uniformed personnel stationed in their respective checkpoint locations.
Tina Sumayao, SM City Naga Public Information Officer said that as part of the management's commitment and assurance to keep the public safe amid the COVID-19 threat, they are conducting an hourly sanitation of the entire mall everyday. Their front liners also wear masks and ensures that customers in the grocery area are following the social distancing.
KBP Chairman Echalose, also the Station Manager of Eagle Broadcasting Corporation, thanked their donors and patrons for their generosity during these tough times.
"Let us thank them- the uniformed men, medical personnel, media and other front liners who are on the street to ensure the safety of Filipinos. Let's appreciate them. I would like to also thank Villa Caceres hotel, thru its owner, Don Robert for initiating a campaign to support our front liners. This is the time for bayanihan, let us help one another," Echalose said.
Spirit of Bayanihan lives on
Various civic organizations also initiated community work to help the government in its fight against Covid-19.
The Rotary Club of Metro Naga roamed around the city and sprayed disinfectant on the road to eradicate the possibility of the virus thriving in the surface. The group had been disinfecting the main thoroughfares of the city since Thursday, Mar. 19.
The Metro Naga Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MNCCI), Inc. under the headship of Ferdinand Sia said that they are also looking after the welfare of the businessmen who are also hardly hit by the ill-effects of COVID 19. Most of them, especially those who are managing non-essential goods, have to close shop in compliance with the ECQ guidelines.
They raised an appeal to the Bankers Club to wave penalties for unfunded check accounts and a 30-days extension after the ECQ timeline. They also requested if the banks can grant soft loans to businessmen who were gravely affected by the on-going ECQ.
The MNCCI, Inc also coordinated with the City government of Naga and express their intent to give free meals to at least 300 frontliners everyday , 3x a day for one week.
Sia also appealed to other businessmen to donate meat, fish, veggies, and ingredients. MNCCI, Inc. has set up a food preparation area at the Jesse M. Robredo Coliseum to prepare and pack the meals for the front liners. (LSMacatangay,PIAV/Camarines Sur)