‘Online palengke’ launched in Plaridel amid COVID-19 threat

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  • An “online palengke” (online market) was launched in Plaridel, Bulacan amid the threat of COVID-19
  • On Facebook, the Plaridel Online Palengke (P.O.P.) group was created to prevent residents from going to markets
  • To protect those who are more at risk such as the senior citizens and those with other medical concerns, the local government tapped the youth to deliver the goods

Amid the threat of COVID-19 in the country, an “online palengke” (online market) was launched in Plaridel, Bulacan to prevent residents from going to markets at the time when social distancing is highly recommended.

Image captured from Facebook

On Facebook, the Plaridel Online Palengke (P.O.P.) group was created and is currently serving as a virtual market for the residents.

“Upang malimitahan po ang pagpunta natin sa palengke at grocery stores ininaanyayahan pong sumali ang lahat ng taga-Plaridel sa group na ito. Mga karne, gulay, itlog, prutas, at condiment lamang po ang maaaring ipost dito, gagawa po tayo ng hiwalay na pahina para sa ibang produkto,” saad sa description ng Facebook group.

Aiming to protect the people who are more at risk of getting infected with the virus such as the senior citizens and those with other diseases, the local government tapped the youth to deliver the goods.

“‘Yong Sangguniang Kabataan po namin, ‘yong mga chairman at kasama po nila sa barangay na SK councilors, sila po ‘yong nagra-run ng errands,” Municipal Youth Development Officer Jeffrey Gleane told GMA News in an interview.

An online palengke can reduce the need to go outside as residents can simply order what they need.

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Earlier, the DOH launched the DOH COVID-19 emergency hotlines 02-894-COVID (02-894-26843) and 1555 in partnership with the National Emergency 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 infected with COVID-19, or request assistance if they have symptoms and/or known exposure to confirmed cases or patients under investigation.

The information collected from emergency calls is transmitted to the COVID-19 Emergency Operations Center and other relevant agencies for immediate facilitation and response.

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