MANILA — Actress and philanthropist Angel Locsin is mobilizing efforts to provide sleeping tents for health workers inside or near hospital grounds, in the hope of aiding their situation amid the Luzon-wide quarantine that has halted public transportation.
Over the weekend, Locsin asked her followers as well as her fellow artists to donate items that can be used to provide comfortable sleeping arrangements for frontliners, "so they don't have to worry about where to stay and transportation."
The project, she said, is with the assistance and recommendation of the local government. Locsin is spearheading, alongside her fiance, film producer Neil Arce, as well as wedding organizer La Belle Fête.
"To my friends in the industry, maybe you can spare your taping beds for our health workers? Also to everyone reading this, if you have available folding beds that we could borrow, we would greatly appreciate it. We'll name the bed after the donor and you could also write down a note to thank them for their hard work," she wrote.
Locsin mentioned fellow actresses Angelica Panganiban, Bea Alonzo, and Anne Curtis for "donating their taping beds right away."
Detailing the donation process in a video on her Instagram page, Locsin said in its caption: "We acknowledge that this is a challenging time for everyone, but we also know that we, Filipinos, are strong and resilient, especially when united."
"We made it through Ondoy, Yolanda, Mt. Pinatubo and Taal eruption, and we will surely overcome this as a nation," she said, referring to past calamaties in the Philippines.
"This is a plea to everyone to support our dear frontliners. Let's help them save lives!" she said.
On Monday, Locsin then shared a photo of her with Arce wearing face masks. In its caption, she indicated that it was the second day of their "operation," with the hashtag #HealTheWorld.
In her Instagram Stories, Locsin shared a glimpse of the tents that they have so far set up for health workers, including the beds donated by her colleagues, including Paulo Avelino, Ria Atayde, and Lorna Tolentino.
One video (seen below) also showed a tour of an airconditioned sleeping tent, which notably observes social distancing.
As of Monday afternoon, the Philippines has reported a total of 462 coronavirus cases — a single-day increase of 82 — with 8 more patients succumbing to the disease, bringing the total fatalities to 33.