MANILA – Army troops on Thursday helped actress Bela Padilla in distributing relief goods to people in need amid the enhanced community quarantine due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) outbreak.
In a statement on Friday, Army spokesperson Col. Ramon Zagala said Padilla raised PHP3.3 million to fund a humanitarian assistance program and coordinated with the PA to fast-track the distribution of the relief goods.
The Army Headquarters and Headquarters Support group provided four vehicles and several of its personnel to assist Padilla in repacking the goods at a supermarket in Manila.
The goods were distributed to the homeless, street vendors, elderly, persons with disability, children, commuters, and jeepney, pedicab and tricycle drivers in Metro Manila.
More donations of assorted goods for the soldiers assigned at checkpoints were received by Col. Rey Amata, PA Assistant Chief of Staff for Civil-Military Operations.
“The Philippine Army appreciates the initiative of Bela Padilla in reaching out to the persons who need assistance while Luzon is under ECQ. We are grateful that she enjoined the Philippine Army in serving these people. In this time of crisis, we really need to work together regardless of our professions in order to serve our kababayans,” Army commander, Lt. Gen. Gilbert Gapay said. (PNA)