Amid scuttlebutt of a tighter lockdown in Metro Manila and the entire Luzon island, my wife and I were informed of our landlady’s assistant that there are more relief goods coming from city hall and it will be distributed late Sunday morning. I was skeptical though of our barangay (village) getting any. Since the lockdown, already on its 35th day, we have learned that city hall has delivered five (5) food packages for Quezon City residents. But so far, we only got one, around the second week of the quarantine. (I wonder who is cornering all those food aid.)
We were instructed by our landlady to bring a chair or stool marked with our name outside the street. Apparently, the assigned local government officials for the endeavor will just simply put the goods on top of the chairs to avoid the massing of people outside.
But the waiting time stretched for hours and people became impatient and angry to the point that everybody is basically out of their homes and had amassed in the streets, waiting for the arrival of the food packages. So much for social distancing, ‘no?
It took more than 8 hours for the food items to arrive. Oh, Quezon City Hall and barangay officials. If COVID-19 won’t kill us, you would with your ineptness. The provided food ration is not much. (Also, lack of thought or creativity here, unlike in packages from other Metro Manila cities.) But this can tide us over for the next two weeks or so. Make no mistake. I’m still thankful. Imagine my gratefulness if we got all of the food packages that were supposed to be given us.
Stay safe, people.