Since the start of implementation of enhanced community quarantine, second week of March, residents of the mountainous village of Alion had been receiving daily ration of foods, relief goods composed of sardines, fresh fishes, vegetables, noodle soups and viands on different days.
On a day, residents are given noodle soup for breakfast, on another day freshly caught fishes were given free to the delight of residents. On another day, village folks were given “ginataang langka” (a kind vegetable cooked in coconut juice), the next day diapers and biscuits were distributed to young mothers and children. This is how village chair Al Balan serves his people in the wake of COVID-19 while the entire town of Mariveles is in total lockdown following the virus infection of two residents, one of whom a one-month old baby boy.
Balan said he would continue giving the basic needs of his people until the end of contagion. “Pipilitin ko po patuloy na manghingi sa mga may mabubuting puso at kaibigan hanggang magwakas ang salot na COVID -19,” said the 50-year old village chief. Balan was a struggling businessman engaged in the buy and sell of used cars and a member of a non-government organization (NGO) Intelligent Support and Action Force (ISAF) before he joined the barangay election and won.