IBP to lawyers: Donate cash or food to poor people

The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) called on lawyers to donate to the poor whose living conditions became more difficult under the enhanced community quarantine which was recently imposed by the government to stop the spread of the dreaded COVID-19.

“If all who can afford to stay in the comfort and security of their homes and comply with the quarantine protocols will lend a helping hand, more will be happy because they helped or they were helped,” IBP President Domingo Egon Cayosa said in a statement.

He asked lawyers to “donate through your trusted, credible, and capable charities ‘pantawid’ food and basic necessities and give one month’s wage to needy family/ies in your community as a donation or loan or advanced consideration for future work so they need not leave their homes to gain access to basic necessities and make a living.”

President Duterte placed the entire Luzon including Metro Manila under the enhanced community quarantine.

A memorandum from Malacañang on the enhanced quarantine guides government agencies to ensure the following:

Prohibition of mass gatherings and imposition of strict home quarantine among all households;

Work-from-home arrangement for the executive branch;

Only essential establishments are to remain open (those private establishments providing basic necessities and such activities related to food and medicine production i.e. public markets, supermarkets, groceries, convenience stores, hospitals, medical clinics, pharmacies and drug stores, food preparation and delivery services, water-refilling stations, manufacturing and processing plants of basic food products and medicines, power energy, water and telecommunications)

Suspension of mass public transport facilities;

Restricted land, air and sea travel; and

Labor, social welfare, finance, budget and trade departments to come up with programs for affected workers and businesses. #

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