- Social gatherings are not allowed under the implementation of the community quarantine
- Brand ambassador JM Magalona shared how the current situation has been affecting people like him who work in the events industry
- In order to survive the cri
sis, Magalona said he had to begin from scratch so he decided to start a “silog” business
Due to the COVID-19 threat in the country where social distancing is mandated and social gatherings are prohibited, many people who are working in the events industry have lost their primary source of income and are now struggling to survive the current situation.
On Facebook, brand ambassador JM Magalona shared how events people like him are braving the storm.
“I am one of those who are greatly affected by COVID-19; not because I’m infected with it, but because of the nature of my work and business. I work in the events industry as a brand ambassador and events–which are considered social gatherings–are not allowed under the enhanced community quarantine/general community quarantine (ECQ/GCQ),” he wrote. “I also own a gym but the fitness industry is not allowed in this time of quarantine.”
In order to survive the cri
sis, Magalona said he had to begin from scratch so he decided to start a “silog” business, as food production is allowed to operate amid the ongoing ECQ/GCQ.
“I need to cope up and adapt to the new normal so I need to do something not just for me but for my family, as well,” he said. “Creating this “silog” business has always been in my mind. I know that there’s a lot of “silog” businesses out there already and I don’t even know how to compete with them, but I guess I will never know unless I start doing it now. So, I decided to do it from scratch! ‘Ika ka nila, ‘Bahala na si Lord,'” he further stated in the post that introduces his “silog” meals.
COVID-19 hotlines in PH
Amid the thr
eat of the dr eaded dis ease, the Department of Health (DOH) launched the DOH CO VID-19 emer gency hotlines 02-894-COVID (02-894-26843) and 1555 in partnership with the National Emerg ency Hotline of the Department of Interior and Local Government, and PLDT and its wireless subsidiary Smart Communications Inc.
Through the hotlines, callers can ask questions if they suspect they are in
fected with COVID-19, or request assistance if they have symptoms and/or known exposure to confirmed cases or pati ents under investigation.
The information collected from emergency calls is transmitted to the CO
VID-19 Emerg ency Operations Center and other relevant agencies for immediate facilitation and response.