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LOOK: Netizens pledge twenty pesos for Filipinos most vulnerable to COVID-19

With the continuous rise of CoViD-19 infection cases in the country, Charisse Parchamento worries about the homeless– the most vulnerable individuals in this pandemic–as they don’t have the luxury of four walls to protect them from the threat of the pandemic despite the whole of Luzon being under an enhanced community quarantine.


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This prompted Charisse to start the #MayTwentyAko project: a fundraiser anchored on the famous ice cream tagline “Saan aabot ang bente pesos mo?” Netizens are encouraged to donate P20, and the money raised will be used to purchase hand sanitizers, soaps, bread, and face masks for the homeless.



As of writing, they have provided these packages to over 200 homeless families in individuals. They have also donated 5,000 surgical masks to hospitals such as the Philippine Lung Center, Philippine Heart Center, and Manila Doctors Hospital, which are handling the CoViD-19 cases.



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The #MayTwentyAko initiative has also been able to provide food for informal workers and pedicab drivers in Malabon, and snacks and bottled waters to frontliners at the Philippine Orthopedic Center. North Luzon Expressway staff, who are continuously regulating the entry and exit of vehicles to and from Metro Manila, were given snacks and bottled waters, as well.


Other donations

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Big corporations have also done their part in helping those affected by the community quarantine. Jollibee Foods Corporation has donated P100M worth of food from their brands like Mang Inasal, Jollibee, and Burger King for hospital frontliners.

San Miguel Corporation has likewise donated canned goods and snacks to checkpoints, hospitals, and local government units; the popular 1970’s snack Nutribun has been revived by the corporation, as well. They have also committed their Ginebra gin plants to produce disinfectant alcohol that will be given out for free to the public.

SM Group, one of the largest corporations in the Philippines, has pledged P100M for CoViD-19 supplies and testing kits. Personal protective equipment (PPEs), alcohols, masks, and other supplies will be donated by SM to hospitals tending to patients with CoViD-19. Their malls have also waived tenants’ rental fees for the entire quarantine period.

The national government has placed the entire Luzon island under an enhanced community quarantine, while cities in several parts of the country have been on lockdown. Residents are advised to stay in their homes and limit going outside to essential travels to lessen the contact and risk of infection. The CoViD-19 pandemic has claimed 17 lives and infected over 200 individuals.

You may check this link for ways to donate and point persons to contact for donations.



Text by Katie Rojas.

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