As the Covid-19 pandemic continues its march around the world, our local government units have turned to proven public health measures, such as Enhance Community Quarantine measures, to physically disrupt the contagion. Yet, doing so has severed the daily operations of businesses especially the Small to Medium enterprises, the simple Juan who needs to literally go out of his house and work all day just to be able to feed his family. It affects the flow of goods and people. Economic contagion is now spreading as fast as the disease itself. The initial response across local districts is to disseminate relief goods or care packages– and in the spirit of having to much free time and curiosity, we’ve collected people’s reactions on goods which they’ve received from their local barangays.
A Side by Side Comparison of the Relief Goods
in Metro Manila Lockdown
This post is not meant to shame, but to create awareness and as a novelty reference on how the local government unit’s optimizing their emergency/calamity funds.
Covered areas: Makati, Taguig, Pasay, Caloocan, Pateros, Paranaque, Muntinlupa, Las Pinas , Valenzuela, Navotas, Quezon City, Pasay, Mandaluyong, and Malabon City.
Search string used; “city name” + “relief good”
All photos/content were collected from “Public” posted content found Twitter, Instagram and Facebook by different individuals. Credits due to all of its owners. Validity of photos subject for discretion.
Headers: City and the Mayor’s name for reference purposes only.
Assuming based on personal and social observations that the quantity and variety of relief goods might reflect on which type of household, social class standing, and per location’s allocated budget.
Bench reference: Department of Social Welfare and Development Family Food Pack posted March 29, 2020.
Makati City – Mayor Abigail Binay
This was relief goods in makati from abby binay.. kaway kaway naman jan mayor joy!! ? pic.twitter.com/FJYi4t9llF
— ArChi (@andreasantos00) March 23, 2020
Taguig City – Mayor Lino Cayetano
Paranaque City – Mayor Edwin Olivarez
Pateros – Mayor Miguel Ponce III
Las Pinas City – Mayor Imelda Aguilar
LOOK: Distribution of Relief Goods ⚠️ in Barangay Talon Kuatro and in Christ the King. Halos 1,500 pamilya ang nabigyan ng tulong kanina sa distribution. Patuloy parin sa pagtulong, at asahan lahat mabibigyan. Ingat po! ?#LPCUpdate #COVID19PH
? – City of Las Piñas OFFICIAL pic.twitter.com/SUSzhSeGf7
— Las Piñas City Update (@pinas_city) March 25, 2020
Valenzuela City- Mayor Rex Gatchalian
Relief good sa Valenzuela, hindi tinipid. Ganito dapat. Great Job Mayor @rex_gatchalian! Kayo diyan kamusta? Nakatanggap na ba kayo ng relief goods galing kay Mayor/Kapitan?
Tignan nga naten kung sino ang LGUs na nagtipid sa relief goods ?? pic.twitter.com/6ftUFHBq8D
— DJ Chacha (@mor1019chacha) March 29, 2020
Muntinlupa City – Mayor Jaime Fresnedi
Manila City – Mayor Isko Moreno
Pasay City- Mayor IMELDA CALIXTO-RUBIANO
Pasig City – Mayor Vico Sotto
Relief goods without the mayor’s name? Yep. That’s Pasig City!
— Romsie ✨ (@mythsrevel) March 26, 2020
Quezon City – Mayor Joy Belmonte
San Juan City – Mayor Javier Zamora
— Wilbert Sy (@ProfessorUno) March 25, 2020
Navotas City – Mayor Toby Tiangco
— Wilbert Sy (@ProfessorUno) March 25, 2020
Caloocan City- Mayor Oscar Malapitan
SA MGA MAGBIBIGAY NG RELIEF GOODS na MGA KAPITAN at LIDER NINYO WAG BAWASAN Ang TULONG GALING LOCAL at NATIONAL
— THE HIPPO (@THEHIPPO5ARROWS) March 25, 2020
Mandaluyong City – Mayor Carmelita Abalos
Mandaluyong City is distributing relief goods by barangay — Brgy Addition Hills for today. They ordered 70,000 grocery bags – 2 bags per family – plus water and vegetables. | via @mikenavallo #LuzonLockdown #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/Ql1tsxeMfG
— ABS-CBN News (@ABSCBNNews) March 20, 2020
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Finally the grocery relief goods are here in our barangay, it may not be a lot but for people in poverty, these could save their family from starvation. Thanks again to Barangay Pobalcion and Mandaluyong City government. There is one sad news though, there is now one confirmed case here in our barangay. Hopefully he/she is in isolation and will recover soon. #BarangayPoblacion #MandaluyongCity #MetroManilaLockdown #LuzonLockdown #LockdownDiaries #EnhancedCommunityQuarantine
Malabon City- Mayor Antolin A. Oreta III
Based on the social listening that we did yesterday, mixed reactions were slated and there a number of people complaining that they haven’t recieved their care package yet;
Sa amin dito sa Taguig, wala pa po!! Sa kakulangan daw po ng volunteers eh wala silang maibigay na relief goods!!! Ano yun? Yung mga empleyado at sigang government workers natakot sa Virus bigla o sadyang wala talagang ipamimigay? Bawas na kape Mayor Cayetano, kilos na!!!
— Prince Hokage (@real_otwolista) March 29, 2020
Nagbigayan na samin ng relief goods. Ang sistema, kapag wala ka sa listahan nila ay wala kang matatanggap. Nakatanggap naman kami pero dehado rito ang ibang pamilya sa Barangay 193 Zone 20 Pasay City. @DILGPhilippines
— Laurence Artillero (@lorenzonitin) March 28, 2020
In this uncharted territory that we’re all facing, a well-communicated strategy and government guidelines should be communicated across all of us. Vague policies, personal bias discretions cause distrust towards the local government units and the national elected leaders of our nation.
Pressing questions from citizens includes budget management and social class discriminations amongst the middle class when receiving government support as simple as getting these care packages or extended support.
We observed that;
- Government responses will be uneven, often delayed, and there will be missteps along the way and that is expected nonetheless.
- There’s no such thing as EVEN distribution of goods and support in one Local Government Unit. Quality and quantity vary per Barangay and there’s no clear communicated memo as to how they decide on this matter.
- There are a number of people posting that up to this very day they haven’t received anything yet.
- Private groups and sectors are going above & beyond to extend their help.
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