MANILA – Bela Padilla is going out of her way to help the less fortunate members of the society who are adversely affected by the community quarantine now in effect in Metro Manila for one month.
The measure was imposed to prevent the further spreading of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), which the World Health Organization has classified as a pandemic.
In a series of Twitter posts on Sunday, Padilla said she cannot help but think of how the “taho, sampaguita, chips and basahan vendors we see on EDSA who probably sold close to nothing today” eat for the whole duration of the quarantine.
As such, Padilla decided to set up an account with the online site Go Get Funding where anyone can donate any amount they can.
“The best solution I came up with is for us to donate. I set up an account, and whatever money we do raise, let’s spilt 16 ways for the 16 cities of Metro Manila affected by this community quarantine. I will personally see to it that the money we raise will go to the right people,” she said.
Titled “Pagkain Para sa Pinoy,” Padilla shared the link to the online account and asked her followers to spread the word.
“Please help and share this link and let’s try to hit or surpass the target in one week because our local workers have all already been affected starting today. Thank you. Twitter, let your magic work please,” she said.
The COVID-19 has killed over 5,000 people and infected some 140,000 others worldwide.
As of Sunday, there are 140 cases of COVID-19 in the country, including 12 fatalities.
Most cases of the disease have been mild, while the remaining serious cases that required hospitalization affected mainly the elderly and those with conditions like diabetes, heart disease or lung disease, US health officials earlier said.