“The poor and the vulnerablesectors will be heavily-disadvantaged under this scenario, as they don’t havethe resources to cope with any shortage of food and other necessities,” hefurther said./PN “Gayang lagi, ang mga mahihirap ang pinakaapektado sa mga ganitong pagkakataon.Siguraduhin natin na angkop ang pansin at pagpapahalaga ang maipapaabot sakanila,” she said. The Vice President also stressed theneed to extend financial assistance to poor communities and to “protect thevulnerable.” MANILA – Vice President Leni Robredosaid the “community quarantine” declaration to contain the coronavirus disease2019 (COVID-19) in Metro Manila will be effective only if there are enoughbasic supplies for the people. “Preventing travel to and from MetroManila with only 52 cases as this point is a textbook case of overreaction,” headded. “NCR is the political and economiccapital of the Philippines. The economy will grind to a halt as the flow ofgoods and people from the provinces to NCR, and vice versa, will be affected,”Sotto said in a statement. In an address to the public onThursday night, Robredo said her fellow government officials must ensure thereare enough basic supplies, such as food and sanitary items, to help allay fearsamong citizens. President Duterte on Thursday imposeda “community quarantine” and travel ban for land, sea and air in and out ofMetro Manila from March 15 to April 4, subject to review daily. Shoppers endured long queues at checkout counters in groceries and supermarkets in Manila yesterday as word that a lockdown would be enforced set off panic buying across Metro Manila. Shelves were emptied quickly, with sanitisers, disinfectants, rice and cooking oil among the most sought-after items. EPA-EFE The travel restrictions, recommendedby the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging InfectiousDiseases, were made in an effort to contain the spread of the COVID-19 in thecountry. Senate President Vicente Sotto III,meanwhile, said isolating Metro Manila would “only result in panic and hoardingof goods.” “Isaitong paraan para hindi na dumagdag ang pangamba ng ating mga kababayan. Kungalam nating magiging sapat ang supplies sa ating mga komunidad, papanatag ang atingloob, at hindi na natin kakailanganing lumabas pa,” Robredo said.
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