Keep It Moving: Getting Around Metro Manila with Oplan Hatid Laban sa COVID
The whole media frenzy of COVID-19 is far from over. Stories of frontline workers — written in various tones and angles — have been splashed all over the news (both online and print). But while doctors and nurses are the ones mostly under the spotlight, we mustn’t forget the others who are just as important.
There are the security guards to whom we are thankful for, the sanitation personnel who ensure our health, and friendly neighbourhood grocers who make our lives so much easier. Of course, neither can we discount the delivery men and women who take on one of the most important jobs our this current situation.
Oplan Hatid Laban Sa Covid (OHLC) is among some of our most valiant heroes. It is a consortium of volunteers and leaders who have been training and deploying drivers to help transport frontline workers and necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) to and from medical centres across the Metro. In support of our health system, these volunteers take part in a collaborative movement out of the goodness of their hearts.
We will work relentlessly [because] it is our responsibility to make a positive difference for our own future
Unfortunately, on 15 April 2020, OHLC announced through their Facebook page that they are temporarily suspending operations related to healthcare workers’ transportation. Deliveries for PPE’s, disinfectant, and food will continue to push through.
The volunteers first apply through OHLC’s online form (accessible upon request through a private message on their social media account) or through an endorsement from one of the group’s organising NGO’s. Once completed, volunteers will undergo a virtual orientation session that will equip them with the information they need to properly accomplish their duties.
OHLC is responsible for preparing the volunteer’s essential paperwork and safety precautions. After those are finalised, volunteers are deployed to deliver goods to key institutions including (but not limited to) St. Luke’s Medical Center BGC, Chinese General Hospital, National Kidney and Transplant Institute, and Diliman Doctor’s Hospital.
To learn more or to volunteer through the OHLC, feel free to visit their Facebook page.