The Zonta Club of Cebu II recently partnered, with the UP Medical Alumni Society- Cebu Chapter and the Cebu City government, to help in the COVID-19 information drive. A time-tested, effective means of reaching out to hundreds of people in an hour was used, namely the recorida, a van with a sound system, which played an eight-minute message, as audio loop, on Covid-19 precautions in the Cebuano dialect.  A popular song composed by Cebu-band Wonggoys, Way Blema (ECQ Version), and soundbites from Ms. Ellen Adarna and Mr John Lloyd Cruz on the same topics were also played.

Upon the direction of Cebu City Councilor Hon. Joel Garganera, the van went around several hotspot barangays on three different days (July 8, 10, 13), stopping at certain areas to give out face masks to the residents, courtesy of UPMAS-Cebu. Brave, empowered women, Dr Camille Espina and Dr Maria Theresa Cañete, accompanied the van to supervise the distribution.

In support of the government’s efforts to achieve the flattening of the curve of  the  Covid-19 statistics, Zonta Club of Cebu II president Elena C. Young encourages it’s members never to tire of  giving ………..  Reminders, Reminders, Reminders. (1) Use the face mask when going out, even if only to the gate, more so to the market, (2) observe social distancing, when you are in a public place, and (3) wash your hands in the proper way, as frequently as possible.

There is no place, no space, no excuse, during these difficult times, for the lack of concern for oneself, for the home and for the community.