HEALTH workers, barangay officials and uniformed law enforcers who are most exposed to the coronavirus being the ones who need to stay out despite the enhanced community quarantine and their families as well, were highly commended by Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, even as he announced that the city government already began distributing food to the hardest hit sectors.
Moreno said no words are enough to express gratitude to the frontliners in the ongoing crisis brought about by the virus and thanked not only them but also their families who are making sacrifices too.
As of Saturday night, Moreno said the 2,200 food packs from the national government’s Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) are already being distributed and that these will be complemented by the goods from the city government.
The mayor has also directed Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau (MTPB) chief Dennis Viaje to mobilize the city’s traffic enforcers who have begun delivering sacks of rice to the public transport drivers, whom he said are on a hand-to-mouth existence, based on lists submitted by their groups’presidents. Moreno said the sacks are being delivered at the doorsteps so that there will be no need for the residents to go out.
Moreno said plans are now being implemented to provide basic food supplies to Manilans. The city, he said, has a population of 1.8 million or about 350,000 families.
In return, he appealed to the residents to heed all advisories from the national government to stay at home for their own safety.
‘Kahit anong galing ng plano, bale-wala kung hindi kayo makikiisa. Kailangan natin tulungan ang lahat, pero alinsunod sa polisiya ng national government,’Moreno said, adding that in the transportation sector alone, provisions’ allotment is at 19,000 homes.