MANILA - Malabon City Mayor Antolin Oreta III on Thursday called on his constituents to help each other amid the ongoing enhanced community quarantine in Luzon.
According to Oreta, the local government is doing its best to get enough supplies for all indigent families in the city.
He, however, said they experienced difficulties in getting stocks.
"Mahirap kasi mahirap magpakain ng mga tao, sa totoo lang. Kasi kapag disaster, mayroon tayong stockpile na for 500 to 1,000 families. Ngayon, binilang natin ilan ba talaga yung indigent at malaki laki, nasa 87,000 na kailangan nating pagsilbihan," Oreta told ANC.
"So, naghanap pa tayo ng stockpile para makuha natin lahat 'yun. Alam naman natin sa panahon ngayon, mahirap rin kumuha ng mga kagamitan," he said.
"Nahirapan kasi walang stock eh, wala kaming stocks. Now, we were able to buy stocks and we're actually developing a system na ginagawa natin ngayon."
Oreta appealed to his constituents to practice "bayanihan" and help their neighbors.
"Hindi naman talaga agad-agad lahat napupuntahan kaya talaga din nananawagan tayo ng bayanihan spirit, na kailangan nagtutulong-tulong tayo," he said.
"Kung mayroong may kaunting pangkain, tumulong muna sa ngayon para pagdating ng mga stocks, at least nare-replenish, nakakakain lahat."
He also warned against misinformation and rumors about the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
"These are extraordinary times. Ang sa atin lang, 'wag maniwala sa tsismis, at kailangan mag-ingat, definitely. But we are doing our best para makapagdala ng ayuda sa bawat mamamayan," Oreta said.
The city has yet to report its first COVID-19 case.
As of Thursday, the Philippines has a total of 217 COVID-19 cases. Seventeen have died while 8 others have recovered.
The Philippines is under a state of calamity and the government imposed a Luzon-wide lockdown to contain the disease, described by the World Health Organization as a global pandemic after it killed more than 8,000 and infected over 200,000 worldwide.
COVID-19 may be fatal for the elderly, the immunocompromised, and those with underlying medical condition but 80 percent of cases globally showed a high chance of recovery "without needing special treatment," according to the WHO.
WHO said COVID-19 symptoms include fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea.