(This article was originally written by Juan Spark Leaders Organization.)
Last July 4 and 5, we have already distributed grocery packages to more than 600 families in San Mateo, Cainta, and Angono, Rizal.
At least two days before the distribution of relief packs, claiming stubs were distributed by local government units (LGUs) to our beneficiaries. To ensure that minimum health and safety standards are met, our volunteers wore face masks and gloves during the distribution. Upon entry in the venue premises, hands of the volunteers and beneficiaries were sanitized using alcohol. Markings, where beneficiaries should stand in line while waiting for their turn, were also placed in the venue to ensure physical distancing. Only 30 persons are allowed to enter the venue premises at a certain time.
Our relief operation in San Mateo, Rizal went smoothly. Our beneficiaries for this area are jeepney drivers who were still not allowed to work. Almost 190 members of Marikina-San Mateo-Montalban Jeepney Operators and Drivers Association, Inc. (MSMMJODAI) received grocery packs.
For Cainta, Rizal, our prospect beneficiaries are UV Express Drivers. However, upon coordination with Mayor Kit Nieto’s office, they said that they just distributed relief packs to UV Express drivers a week or two ago. Instead, they suggested a community in Brgy. San Andres wherein the residents are beneficiaries of the town’s “pabahay program”.
During the relief operation in Cainta, we encountered minor challenges since when we arrived in our venue, the beneficiaries were already waiting for us. When we noticed they were not observing physical distancing and some were not following the assigned time that they should be in the venue, we halted the distribution and reminded them of our protocols, which they eventually followed. We were able to help a total of 200 indigent families in Brgy. San Andres, Cainta, Rizal. Most of the residents in this area lost their work due to the pandemic.
Our last tranche of relief operations also went smoothly through the assistance of Sangguniang Kabataan ng Brgy. Kalayaan in Angono, Rizal. More than 230 trike drivers and frontliners received grocery packages, wherein most of them are residing in informal settlements.
“On behalf of JuanSpark Youth Leaders and Metro Manila Bible Community, we would like to express our deepest gratitude to Enshored Philippines for supporting our causes. Our partnership has been a meaningful one, and we are looking forward to working with you again soon”, Marielle Anne Alemania, JuanSpark Youth Leaders.
Documentation of the relief operations was already posted on our official Facebook Page. Click here.