Ordinary People Save Bacolod's COVID-19 Frontliners!
Lory Joyce Andagan | March 24, 2020
Photos by TV Patrol Negros
There is a long line of vehicles waiting for their turn to enter Bacolod City from Northern Negros after the province of Negros was put under community quarantine. Visible in the area are PNP personnel and volunteer health workers checking the temperature of everyone. With the limited number of forehead scanners, it takes a while for them to screen the sheer number of persons waiting for their turn. There is a long line of people enduring the heat of the sun to pass the border, more are still arriving. Most are wearing improvised masks due to the lack of supplies.
It is an untenable situation but in the middle of this crisis, true heroes came to help.
Police officers and health workers were surprised by the arrival of help from individuals businesses, and organizations. The modern-day good samaritans brought food, water, vitamins, canned goods, and noodles! Some individuals distribute free food every day, morning and afternoon to help the front liners. ”Probably we can share anything nga ma boost man ang morale nila. They’ve been fighting for this for quite a time,” says Win Salinas who brought food to the area.
In the succeeding days, more portalets and additional forehead scanners arrived. The Negros frontliners now have waiting sheds, thanks to a kind soul who donated a canopy for their use.