- It was recently announced that the government is considering an extension of the enhanced community quarantine for another 15 to 20 days
- National Task Force COVID-19 said this is due to surging cases of the coronavirus disease in the country
- And because of their “fear of going hungry” in the event that the lockdown gets extended, 19 vegetable vendors in Quezon City continue to sell their goods
- A leader of a progressive group said many of those vendors have not received food and financial assistance from the local government
- However, the vendors were caught and arrested by authorities for “illegally selling goods”
Nineteen vegetable vendors fearing hunger were nabbed for “illegally selling goods” amid the enhanced community quarantine all over Luzon.
According to a report by Manila Bulletin, the vendors were caught along Elliptical corner Maharlika Street at Barangay Old Capitol Site in Quezon City at about 5:15 p.m. on April 5.
Flora Santos-Assidao, head of the progressive group Sanlakas, said the vendors were only forced to sell their goods due to “fear of going hungry” as the National Task Force COVID-19 considers an extension of the lockdown for another 15 to 20 days due to surging cases of the coronavirus disease.
She added that many of those vendors said they have not received food and financial assistance from the local government.
“Unless this government finds a speedy way of delivering its promise of support to the people, the struggling poor will continue to find ways to survive on their own,” the leader of the progressive group said in a statement.
Assidao also appealed to the Quezon City Police District for the release of the arrested vendors, and demanded to “extend compassion” for those “in the fringes of society.”
In a report by Inquirer.net, authorities said the vendors will be facing charges for violation of City Ordinance 1364 series of 2003 or illegal street vending and Republic Act 11332 or the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act.
KAMI previously reported that an inspiring video of united Filipinos amid COVID-19 touched the hearts of netizens.
At present, the Philippines is under a state of calamity while the entire Luzon is under an enhanced community quarantine due to the coronavirus disease outbreak.
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