Bela Padilla was praised by netizens for doing something special for the poor citizens of the country. The Metro Manila ‘community quarantine’ has affected many people, especially those who live below the poverty line.
Bela decided to create a Go Get Funding account where people can donate money for the poor. Bela is worried how the “taho, sampaguita, chips and basahan vendors we see on EDSA who probably sold close to nothing today” will survive the situation, knowing that they don’t make a lot.
Bela is looking to raise up to ₱1,000,000, and things are doing well as the amount is now at ₱502,834.
In a recent tweet, Bela is guaranteeing that the 16 cities affected will get their fair share from the donations.
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.
— Bela Padilla (@padillabela) March 15, 2020
She is urging the people to donate asap, as many have already been affected.
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 ❤️ https://t.co/yCOmHVRl4a 🙏🙏🙏
— Bela Padilla (@padillabela) March 15, 2020
Netizens praised her for taking the initiative.
You always have such a BIG BIG HEART. Thank you for setting this up!!!!
— Roanna Padilla (@roannapadilla) March 16, 2020
I hope all artistas with the means to help other during this struggle times have the heart to share their blessings. Ung budget nila pngtravel, pmbili ng mmhaling ‘wants’, sana ibhagi nlng sa mas nangangailangn. Pera lng yn. Kikitain nila pa ulit.
— Shy (@shy_ismael) March 16, 2020
All I can say is Thank you very much @padillabela . Actually if the government can't give the people in need a supplies for a lock down, pwede naman talagang magtulongan lahat ng may kaya o may pera para matustosan. Hindi yun sa ginagawa silang tamad kundi prevention sa sakit.
— Abbey (@abygaeul) March 16, 2020
❤️❤️❤️ God bless pretty!
— YYspeaks™ (@YvetteYzon) March 15, 2020
I hope employers also will do their part, so as to lessen people going to and from work especially from those residing outside MM. As there is already a study made to prove that asymptomatic can also spread the COVID-19 https://t.co/4bt0L8vK7q
— RovS D.S. ☆_☆ (@IamMissClover) March 16, 2020
You can donate to the ‘pagkain para sa pinoy’ fund here. https://gogetfunding.com/pagkain-para-sa-pinoy/
Bela Padilla isn’t the only one putting in the effort to help the Filipino people. Angel Locsin went to social media to express her thoughts on the current situation. In an Instagram post, Locsin shared photos of everyday workers and commuters affected by the community quarantine. The photos show heavy traffic due to quarantine checkpoints. The advice to observe social distancing seems impossible as all motorists in the photos are seen to be very close to each other. Buses were filled with people who barely have enough space to move around. The congestion inside these vehicles might prove to be a problem.
In the caption of the post, Locsin showed sympathy towards those who have to work to feed their families.
“Alam natin na importante ang social distancing at proper hygiene pero hindi po ito sasapat kung may mga kababayan tayo na kelangang maghanapbuhay bawat-araw para makakain at matustusan ang mga basic needs ng pamilya gaya ng pambayad sa renta, kuryente, tubig, at iba pa,”
Locsin acknowledged the fact that there are those who work but have no guarantee that they will be making profits in their everyday activities.
“Marami rin po sa kanila ay mga contractual workers, mga self-employed, maliliit na manininda na walang tiyak na kita sa araw-araw at baon sa utang.”
Locsin is advocating for the government to do some kind of funding for these people. Additionally, she thinks that all kinds of debts should be temporarily frozen.
“Kung matitiyak lang po sana ng ating pamahalaan na may financial support para sa kanila, hindi nila kelangang sumugal sa labas. Malaking bagay din kung may temporary stop on amortizations and loans o kahit pagtanggal sa interest & penalties.
“Sana rin ay magbigay ng consideration ang mga kumpanya ng basic utilities like kuryente at tubig bilang kawang-gawa sa mga mahihirap na apektado ng dislocation sa trabaho.”
Philhealth already stated that testing for the virus will be completely free. Locsin says that the agency should also “shoulder treatment for those who have CoVid19.”
Locsin did not forget to thank those who are doing their jobs to prevent the spread of the virus in the country.
“Maraming salamat po sa ating mga public officials, pulis, military, etc na gumagawa at nagpapatupad ng batas para po sa kaligtasan natin. Maraming salamat rin po sa mga totoong IDOL, ang ating mga walang kapagurang health workers. Kaya natin ‘to.”
Pokwang decided to help out too. In one of her recent Instagram posts, she showed everyone how she was making tuna sandwiches for police located in checkpoints.
“Goodmorning…. pa tuna sandwich po para sa ating mga pulis, sundalo sa checkpoint next naman sa mga doctors and nurses”
In her next post, she urges people to stay at home as much as possible.
“Nakikiusap po kami at umaapila sa inyo mga kababayan na sana po ay manatili lang tayo sa loob ng ating mga tahanan kung hindi naman po importante ang ating mga pupuntahan.”
“Ayon po sa Mga eksperto, sobrang nakakahawa po ang COVID19 at delikado pong maexpose tayo sa mga infected nito. Kung mananatili tayo sa ating mga tahanan, mas madali pong maapula ang pagkalat nito at tuluyang mapahinto ang virus.”
Pokwang believes that prayer will definitely help.
“Sana po’y maintindihan natin ang panganib na dulot nito sa atin, sa ating mga kasama at maging sa ating mga minamahal na Kapamilya. Manatili po sa bahay at patuloy na magdasal na matapos na ang unos na ito.”
In her most recent post, Pokwang shared how she really went to checkpoints and handed out sandwiches to soldiers and to the police.
Neri Miranda went on Instragram to show everyone how she helped out her staff. She posted a photo of her staff smiling with the food allowances given to them by the actress.
Neri decided to close all her stores to protect her staff from the deadly virus.
“Community quarantine na ang Tagaytay. At habang naghihintay ng announcement sa Alfonso at Laurel, minabuti na namin na isarado po ang lahat ng aming stores para sa safety ng aming staff. Maraming salamat sa inyo!
“Nagpasya na lang kaming mag asawa na magbigay ng food allowance sa pamilya ng mga staff namin hangga’t maging maayos ang lahat.”
Neri hopes that other businesses will understand the situation, What’s important is the lives of the people.
“Sa lahat ng mga negosyante na namumublema kung paano ang mga nakasarang stores, isipin na lang natin na makakabawi tayo. Masipag naman tayo di ba? Ang mahalaga ay ligtas tayo, ang staff natin, at ang mga pamilya natin.”
The COVID-19 has taken more than 5,000 lives worldwide, with 12 victims in the Philippines.