It is the 8th weekly update from us during this lockdown and we continue to distribute the relief goods for 104 families in our community in Payatas.
This week the Fairplay food packs contained:
- 5kg rice
- 1kg of monggo (local lentil)
- 1kg of pumpkin
- 1kg of ampalaya
- 1kg of togue (bean sprout)
- 1kg of baguio pechay (similar to spinach)
The healthier ingredients mean families can eat more nutritious food, something especially important during these times. Eating healthily is key to maintaining a good immune system and fighting off any virus, including the coronavirus.
Updates in Payatas
Last week, some families received the SAP (Social Amelioration Program) of P5,000 ($100) from the local government. Many did not receive anything, though, as the budget provided by the National Government was for up to half the total families in each area.
Having not been permitted to work for two months now, people are getting used to the situation, but it is still difficult. Electricity is becoming a problem as there are brownouts (blackouts) for days at a time.
The lockdown in Metro Manila has been extended further and it remains a challenging time due to the lack of medical solutions within the country. With no mass testing still, it is still impossible to say how widespread the virus itself is.
The Payatas Paper
We also would like to share with you the 2nd issue of The Payatas Paper. More insightful articles, puzzles, and stories from our community are available as our student newspaper rolls out this second issue. You can also now see it on Facebook, with the paper in the Facebook Albums available here.
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As always, if you have any questions, clarifications, or ideas, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Stay healthy. Stay safe.