Marikina residents receive fresh batch of relief assistance

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 22 2020 07:23 PM

MANILA — As Marikina City residents await the approval of the local COVID-19 Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory, they received Wednesday relief packs of 5 kilos of rice with instant noodles and a few canned goods.

Among those who received goods from the city government and leaders of Bgy. Industrial Valley Complex are 7 families in the household of 72-year old Danilo Torio.

“Sa laki po ng pamilya ko, maaring kulang pa rin sa amin, kasi po sampu ang anak, anim ang may pamilya,” Torio said.

Torio is also hopeful that the local COVID-19 testing center will be approved soon by the Department of Health.

“Sana nga po, ibig pong sabihin pagka-nagkaroon tayo ng testing dito halimbawa, sa amin, para malaman din po namin kung ano ang dapat naming gawin para lahat kami magpa-testing na,” Torio said.

According to Marikina City Mayor Marcy Teodoro, the proficiency testing of the sample given by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine hit a snag as contaminants were detected in the sample.

Another round of testing is being done Wednesday to be able to determine the accuracy of the Polymerase Chain Reaction machine, considered to be the “gold standard” when it comes to COVID-19 testing.

“Normal ito dun sa mga nangyayaring testing at nakakasiguro nga tayo kung yung contaminant ay nade-detect, dun sa quality ng testing na ginagawa natin,” Teodoro said.

In Bgy. Barangka, the Manuel family also received relief pack as their eatery remains closed due to the COVID-19 lockdown. 

Lyn Manuel said they get by by receiving orders for takeouts which happens, at the most, once a day.

“Kasi hindi nga po umuusad ang negosyo, yun lang ang pinagkukuhaan ng ikabubuhay,” Manuel said.

Meantime, Bgy. Barangka officials and the “social distancing patrol” of the local police apprehended several individuals who supposedly violated quarantine rules.

Among them is security guard Bernard Caguya who, while taking a brief break from bicycling from work to his home, removed his face mask to be able to breathe better.

“Hindi ko na tatanggalin po,” Caguya said.

The apprehended individuals were given a reprimand and reminder from barangay officials and Teodoro on the importance of quarantine rules in the prevention of the spread of the coronavirus.