Free Shuttle Services, Financial Aid for Drivers and The Good Things You Might Have Missed Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic
by Anne Marielle Eugenio, March 19, 2020 1:48pm
Art by Dani Elevazo
COVID-19 resulted in the Luzon-wide community quarantine, causing the establishments to temporarily close and mass transportation to be suspended. This left employees with no source of income while others took the risk of going to work, even if they have to walk long distances. And as the number of pandemic victims continues to rise in the country, there are still people who have no homes to stay in, making them more vulnerable to the virus.
With all the sad and fear-inducing news all around us, it overshadows the good news that should also be relevant during these times. This is not to say we should take the disease lightly, but just to bring in positivity in times of panic and fear.
The Four People who Recovered From COVID-19
As of March 17, the Department of Health reported four cases of recovered patients in the Philippines alone. While that is far from the 187 confirmed cases in the country, it still goes to show recovery is possible.
The Free Shuttle Service for Frontliners
The suspension of mass transportation left our frontliners with no ride going to hospitals, supermarkets, and other essential establishments during these times. Fortunately, the Office of the Vice President organized a free shuttle service for the health workers. You can check out the routes here:
The Financial Aid to Makati’s Tricycle Drivers
As the community quarantine takes its toll on the drivers, the Makati City Government provides a 2,000php initial financial aid each for the 5,946 tricycle drivers, which covers the first two weeks of quarantine. There will be a separate aid for jeepney drivers.
The Donated Food and Care Packages for Health Workers
The KN Movement has already raised 36,503 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) sets and 6,424 food and care packages as of March 17 for the medical workers. They’ve already delivered these items to different hospitals in Metro Manila. Apart from them, there are other good-hearted people and establishments that give out food and hygiene products to the elderly, poor, and frontliners.
The Last Ebola Patient That Was Discharged in DRC
On March 13, the United Nations announced the last Ebola patient was discharged from the treatment center in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). It marked a major milestone and started a 42-day countdown to declaring the end of the world’s second-deadliest epidemic.
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There’s still hope during times like these. People show solidarity, especially to those who are in great need. Both the government government, private institutions, and several individuals work together so we can survive this pandemic. We can only hope for the best.