Relief goods being distributed door-to-door at night in Siargao

Published March 29, 2020, 12:00 AM

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By Roel Catoto

GENERAL LUNA, Siargao Island – The distribution of relief goods here are reportedly being done at night to keep residents and visitors from going outside their houses and billeting areas.

 Municipal Councilor Van Harold Dolera told The Manila Bulletin that they’ve resorted to distributing the relief packages at night to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

 Dolera said they were merely taking advantage of the curfew hours when all of the residents would already be at home, allowing them to move more freely in the streets and distribute the relief packs door-to-door.

 The relief packages include rice, canned goods and several sachets of instant coffee.

 “It’s like a clandestine operation to avoid people going outside the house, and to prevent the spread of such deadly and highly contagious disease,” Dolera stressed.

“Unlike other LGUs around the country that makes headlines the way they do it, there’s fiasco and ruckus and we reflected on it,” he added.

Catirin Guillemar, one of the new residents in Poblacion 1, observed how she admired the creepy yet swift success of the relief distribution.

“They have even done it with social distancing, leave the goods at the doors. They just knock on the houses and leave, that’s sweet success,” she said.

General Luna town had the highest number of persons under monitoring (PUMs) in the province of Surigao del Norte that reached 339 last Tuesday. But this significantly dropped to 147, as of March 27.