The Quezon City government teamed up with private corporations and non-government organizations (NGOs) to ramp up its fight against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) through proper hygiene.
“The city is facing a long war with COVID-19. We have survived the first six months under lockdown, and we have done well in controlling its spread and protecting our people. But we intend to do better. It is reassuring that we have the support of groups like the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industries – Quezon City (PCCI-QC) and corporations like the Manila Water Foundation (MWF),” Mayor Joy Belmonte said.
On September 4, Mayor Joy Belmonte led the inauguration of MWF’s four new hybrid handwashing facilities strategically located in various areas around the city. These are on top of the two facilities that were rehabilitated as part of Manila Water’s “WASH in Pandemic” project, which aims to promote handwashing as a primary defense against the spread of the virus.
“These hybrid facilities were specifically designed for current conditions: there is a one-meter distance between faucets; the faucets can be turned on through lever by hand or elbow or through a foot pedal; and they are accessible to both PWD and children,” the MWF explained.
Meanwhile, PCCI-QC joined Mayor Belmonte in the distribution of face masks to senior citizens, who are considered at higher risk due to their age and lingering illnesses.
“We see in Mayor Belmonte a leader who never gets tired of fighting for the safety of her people. Likewise, QC residents are willing to fight COVID-19. Kailangan nila ng tulong, and we want to help in our small way,” the PCCI-QC said.
The PCCI-QC has already substantially donated in QC’s fight against COVID-19. The PCCI-QC donation has formed part of the pool of funds that helped the creation of QC mobile testing centers, acquisition of six (6) testing booths, purchase of face masks, and the operation expenses for hospital on wheels for three (3) months.
Humanitarian group Tzu Chi, on the other hand, plans to give jeepney drivers a monthly relief pack of 20 kilos of rice and groceries for the next three months. Beneficiaries are chosen from the list submitted to them by the QC Task Force on Transport and Traffic Management.
“We are thankful for these supports and efforts for QC residents. They give us strength. They give us hope. Together, we will win the war against COVID-19 hopefully soon,” Belmonte said.