The fight against the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, in the Philippines is a tough one. It doesn’t take a genius to notice that our hospitals aren’t equipped with the right quantity of tools for testing (although our fellow Filipinos from UP have already developed affordable and effective test kits and more are coming in as donations from other countries), and add that to the fact that our medical personnel are understaffed and overworked, the chances are depressing. But why focus on the bad stuff? The internet has quickly become a melting pot of fear (that has often evolved into hate) but it does have its shining moments. Let’s focus on them for now.
These groups and caterers joining forces to feed our medical staff
San Miguel Corporation to produce disinfectant alcohol
San Miguel Corp. Chief Operating Officer, Ramon Ang
The first thing that sells out at stores these days is disinfectant alcohol and aside from soap, it’s something we really need if we’re going to implement proper hygiene. Business giant San Miguel Corporation has announced that it will use one of its facilities to produce 70% ethyl alcohol and they’re only awaiting government clearance to do so. Once they have the go signal, they will be donating these in 20-liter containers and 1,000-liter tanks.
Bayanihan at its finest
But what’s more touching is the fact that most of these goods have notes of encouragement to uplift the spirits of our fatigued kababayans.
These restaurants that warm our hearts
Jollibee knows the Filipino well
Neri Miranda sets an example for celebrities
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Neri Miranda, an established mom-preneur, donated 800 rolls of Spanish bread and 800 sachets of coffee to the medical staff at Tagaytay Medical Center. Needless to say, we wish all of the celebrities were like her.
Even the Office of the Vice President is going above and beyond her mandate
Foreigners that put their love for the Philippines into practice
In trying times like these, how you react will one day prove crucial. Did you help your fellow Filipinos or did you simply surround yourself with hoarded bottles of alcohol and canned goods? One day COVID-19 will be a part of history and we’ll once again be living a normal life but until then, this is our new normal. As Filipinos, let us remember the oath we took to help our country and to love it unconditionally. Let’s make the best out of this and lend a helping hand to everyone in need.
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