Muntinlupa launches 'Market on Wheels' to serve residents under quarantine

Published March 30, 2020, 4:03 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Jonathan Hicap

The Muntinlupa City government launched on Monday its “Market on Wheels” to bring fresh produce to subdivisions and communities amid the ongoing community quarantine being implemented to stop the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Trucks carrying vegetables and fruits have been deployed initially to Soldiers’ Hills in Putatan. More areas in the city will be visited by the “Market on Wheels.”

The Muntinlupa City government’s Market on Wheels. (Photo courtesy of Muntinlupa PIO)
The Muntinlupa City government’s Market on Wheels. (Photo courtesy of Muntinlupa PIO)

Muntinlupa City government spokesperson Tez Navarro said the “Market on Wheels” was launched so that people will no longer go to the markets. She said the trucks will initially sell vegetables and fruits.

The launching of the “Market on Wheels” was welcomed by residents who requested the city government to send the trucks to their areas. It also earned many positive comments on social media.

The city government has distributed 44,028 bags of relief goods to low-income families and other priority groups in eight barangays as of March 29.

Muntinlupa is under a 24-hour curfew and households were given quarantine passes that enable one family member to go out and buy food and other essentials. Only medical front liners and other workers are exempted by the government from the curfew.

As of March 29, there are 26 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Muntinlupa including three deaths. Bgy. Ayala Alabang has the highest positive cases at 8, including six residents of Ayala Alabang Village. All three deaths are from the upscale village.

Bgy. Putatan has four confirmed cases, Bgy. Poblacion four: one in Katarungan Village, three in Camella, Alabang Hills Village in Cupang, and Bgy. Sucat. One case each is recorded in Tunasan, Bayanan, Alabang, and Buli.