Dietary supplements containing micronutrients and vitamins C are a safe, and effective way of boosting the immune system, thereby help fight off COVID-19 other acute respiratory infections, according to health researches. Aside from frequent hand washing, wearing of face mask and social distancing, healthy food intake and supplements are advocated to be included in the day-to-day practices to stay healthy.
Through the help of Ritemed, ascorbic acid tablets were distributed to jeepney drivers, bus drivers and also to commuters at the Jeepney Terminal and the Araneta City Bus Terminal last Friday, October 2. Julito, a Project 4-Araneta City jeepney driver, was so relieved upon receiving his share of the vitamins. “Eto yung dati kung iniinom. Di ko na lang mainom magmula nung mag-ECQ at di kami nakapasada, hanggang ngayon kasi hindi pa nakakabawi. Anim na buwan na mahigit. Wala na kaming budget para sa vitamins. Malaking tulong po ito. Maraming salamat po at naalala ninyo ang kapakanan naming mga drivers.”
Being a transport hub that offers transport options to and from any point in Mega Manila and beyond, Araneta City, the J. Amado Araneta Foundation (JAAF), with the support of the Araneta Group, launched #AranetaBalikPasada in July to support the drivers who are bouncing back and recovering from months of being idle. Taking into account their overall welfare, vitamins, oral rinse, face mask, and fruit juices were distributed to them on different days. This was to ensure that they are protected from the risk of getting the COVID-19 virus. The Project also aimed to reach out to the commuters who are dealing with the new normal.
The Araneta Jeepney Terminal has over 500 registered PUJs. To-date, routes of Project 4 and Crame are operating and were given approval to operate by the LTFRB.
#AranetaBalikPasada is open for partnerships. If you or your brand have something for drivers and the commuters, please send a message to J. Amado Araneta Foundation through its Facebook page, or email JAAFoundation@aranetagroup.com.
[Article submitted by Glenda Carlota, J. Amado Araneta Foundation, Inc.]