Don’t, don’t, please don’t
Panic buying, alternatively called fear-based hoarding, has shifted to high gear in Metro Manila, where nearly 12,900,000 people live, with tweets and videos on social media not helping ease the already stretched situation following the spread of Coronavirus Disease (COVID)-19.
Before the weekend, scenes of thick people’s lines in front of drugstore chains as well as grocery stores and malls have contributed to the strained scenario in the metropolis, where a community-wide lockdown was announced by President Rodrigo Duterte Thursday night.
Reprieve for a city’s lungs
Even as human lungs are under threat from a host of lethal invaders, the latest of which is the COVID-19, it comes as good news that the City of Manila has just saved its own “lungs”—the Arroceros Forest Park in Ermita.
The Manila City government, headed by Mayor Isko Moreno, recently signed Ordinance No. 8607 turning the patch of green into a “permanent forest park.” The declaration goes beyond words. In disclosing the news, the Mayor’s office also said it was allocating P1 million for the park’s continued operation and maintenance, a joint arrangement between the city government and a private foundation, known as Winner Foundation, which has served as the park’s instigator and guardian since its establishment.
READ MORE: https://opinion.inquirer.net/128014/reprieve-for-a-citys-lungs
Where do you draw the line between caution and panic? It’s a continuing challenge for both the government and the people as the 2019 coronavirus disease becomes a pandemic, as declared by the World Health Organization.
In the Philippines, the head of the supermarket association noted that panic buying – initially covering only alcohol and hand sanitizers – spread to other commodities with a long shelf life after the recent declaration of a state of public health emergency.
READ MORE: https://www.philstar.com/opinion/2020/03/14/2000657/editorial-community-quarantine
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