Fire victims in Mandaluyong City, and elderly and children in Rizal sought for WASH support amid the pandemic.
On June 1, a fire incident broke out at Barangay Addition Hills in Mandaluyong City affecting around 1,400 families. Last week, in partnership with Manila Water - Makati-Mandaluyong Business Area, Manila Water Foundation (MWF) deployed 400 pieces of five-gallon bottled water for the families who are currently residing in gymnasiums around the city. Manila Water - Makati-Mandaluyong Business Area and MWF also provided 708 pcs of 350ml drinking water to help the Barangay in their COVID-19 operations.
Meanwhile, the Homeowners Association of Meralco Relocatees Inc. (HAMER Inc.), an urban community located at Buntong Palay Silangan in San Mateo, Rizal, reached out to seek assistance for their 300 elderly and children residents. Currently, most of their residents had to stop working because of the pandemic, and are seeking help for cash or in-kind donations on food and hygiene supplies. To address their sanitation and hygiene needs, MWF provided 600 pieces of bath soaps, more than 2,000 sachets of laundry detergent, and bottles and tablets of ascorbic acid.
Rose Toledo, member of HAMER Inc. and a dental assistant, shared the challenges that they are currently facing because of the pandemic. "Dahil prone ang mga dental clinic sa hawaan ngayong panahon ng pandemya, hanggang ngayon ay hindi pa rin [ako] makapagtrabaho. Kaya't lubos na hirap sa usapin ng kabuhayan, lalo pa ay "no work, no pay" din kami," she said.
"Malaking tulong ang inyong donasyon, lalo at malaki ang pangangailangang budget kaugnay ng hygiene kits maliban sa pagkain. Malaking kabawasan na po ito sa aming pang-araw-araw na gastusin," she added.
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