Due to the widespread of COVID-19 in the Philippines, most of the Filipinos was affected. Everyone wants to be safe and wants to follow the precautionary measures to prevent themselves from being infected. However, health issue is not just the only concern in these trying and challenging times.
Filipino workers in the affected areas loss their job due to the closure of the company where they are working. Some of them are suffering from “no work, no pay”. And most of all, it only worsens the current situation of those Filipinos who are in the informal sector and those who are unable to work as an effect of lack of job offerings in our country.
Security and safety is also a concern. Despite the implementation of the enhance community quarantine in different areas, there is still a threat in safety and security of different individuals, especially for those who are responsible in finding and marketing of food and supplies for their families. There are still human rights violations that were recorded.
With this, the United Church of Christ in the Philippines, through its Community Ministry, conducted a Relief Operation that provided food packs and hygiene kit for the underserved church members and different communities in Metro Manila.
Each food pack includes 5 kilos of rice, 1 kilo of sugar, ½ kilo of salt, 1 kilo of legumes, 1 kilo of dried fish, 1 liter oil and canned goods. While, each hygiene kit includes 1 roll of tissue paper, 330ml of alcohol, 330 ml of chlorine, 2 bath soap, 1 bar of detergent soap, and 2 sachet of toothpaste.
From April 6, 2020, a small number of volunteers helped to repack 700 packs of relief goods and hygiene kits for the first part of the relief operations at UCCP Kaunlaran Village, Sabalo, Caloocan City for the underserved members of the church residing at Metro Manila — one of the most affected area of COVID 19.
On April 7, 2020 – 350 packs of it was delivered to UCCP Cosmopolitan Church, who helped us in giving it to the beneficiaries under the Lowland South Manila Conference.
On April 8-9, 2020 – 250 packs were delivered directly to the local church, or in their nearby church, under the United Metropolis Conference. However, 100 packs were given to SINAG – ministry of UCCP Cubao and in a small community of Caloocan and Navotas City.
On April 12, 2020 – the repacking of relief goods and hygiene kit continued for the second part of the relief operations for 700 beneficiaries in different communities of Metro Manila.
On April 15, 2020 – we gave 100 food packs and hygiene kit to the underserved urban poor residing at Harvard St., E. Rodriguez Ave., Cubao, Quezon City. The said distribution was held in front of UCCP Cubao.
On April 16, 2020 – we gave food items and hygiene kit which was good for 200 beneficiaries, and will be use in their 23 community kitchens that will feed a total of 1, 200 families during lunch time at Sitio San Roque, Quezon City.
We also gave 166 food packs and hygiene kit for jeepney and tricycle drivers in Quezon City, Malabon City, and Caloocan City.
The remaining food packs and hygiene kit was given to the different communities in Quezon City, Rizal Province, Navotas City, Manila and Bulacan.All in all, the challenge to us brought by this pandemic is not yet finished. There is still a lot of communities that need our response, especially now that the social services that should be provided by the government is not enough to meet the basic needs of each individual/families in order to survive.