By Jhon Aldrin Casinas
Pasig City has come up with an innovative way of helping its residents to buy food during the enhanced community quarantine.
Instead of going to the markets to buy produce, Pasigueños will only have to watch out for the “mobile palengke” market) going around the city.
Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto said the city government has launched the “mobile palengke” to ensure that people will not crowd the markets.
It is also their way of helping traders affected by the ongoing quarantine.
“Upang mabawasan ang dami ng tao sa Pasig Mega Market at mga talipapa, inilunsad namin [ang] ‘mobile palengke,’” Sotto wrote in a Facebook post on Tuesday afternoon.
(To reduce the number of people at Pasig Mega Market and other markets in the city, we have launched the ‘mobile market.’)
Under the guidelines of the quarantine imposed by the national government, the public were told not to leave their homes, except when buying food or medical supplies.
“Presyong palengke, mas malapit sa mamimili, at tulong na rin sa mga maninindang Pasigueño,” he said. (Market price, closer to customers, and it is our way of helping our traders.)
Sotto said five trucks of the city government were used for the “mobile palengke” that sells rice, meat, vegetables, and other food products from the sellers at Pasig Mega Market.
The mobile market is only one of the out-of-the-box programs that the local government has launched since the start of the fight against coronavirus disease.
Another example is that the city government has used drone technology for their disinfection drives.
To aid its residents affected by the quarantine, local government units in Metro Manila have distributed food packs and other necessary items to their constituents to ease their burdens amid the lockdown.
The suspension of public transport has also forced some to walk from their homes to markets, stores, or other commercial establishments to buy their necessities.
In Pasig City, the local government has already begun the distribution of food packs to its less fortunate residents. The city government targets to distribute 400,000 food packs that contain rice and canned goods.
“Target po rito ang mas mahihirap na lugar. Hindi po natin mabibigyan ang lahat,” Sotto said in a Facebook post.
(Our targets are the poor areas in the city. Not all will be given food packs.)
He also reminded Pasigueños to practice social distancing during the distribution of food packs.
“Ipakita natin na may disiplina tayo. Kung walang social distancing, maaring ipatigil ang distribusyon,” he said. (Let us show that we are disciplined. If social distancing is not practiced, the distribution might be stopped.)