IT’S MONDAY AGAIN, and I’ve got nothing much on my schedule except to write a post here and cook chicken afritada for lunch. If you happen to check this blog just today, I do suggest that you also read the previous posts related to the pandemic — especially about the frugal living practices which I uploaded just yesterday. It’s worth reading, I should say.
I salute all our frontliners — healthcare and non-healthcare alike. While much about our healthcare frontliners is written and can be read online, I’ll share here the simplest ways how we can show our gratitude to our NON-HEALTHCARE FRONTLINERS.
While I’m afraid I couldn’t enumerate all who comprise the non-healthcare frontliners and to avoid such possible bias, let me just say that these involve all who are part of the skeletal workforce or those who still make all critical services available amidst the COVID-19 extended community quarantine.
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 You don’t know the health risks that our delivery service providers — food and grocery, water, and LPG among others — must face each day just for you to make it safe at home through the quarantine days. You can GIVE THEM A TIP if you’re grateful enough, and perhaps bigger if not running on a too tight household budget.
 Your nearby grocery cashiers, baggers, and guards may not be receiving additional health-hazard pay, but they strive to provide you the best services they can. Since tips don’t apply, you can extend your gratitude to them by simply being cooperative and obedient to their shopping policies. Without showing any face of complaints and impatience rather smiles of gratitude, follow their rules on wearing masks, queueing, and shopping for just the allowed quantities. SAY THANK YOU at all times.
 Your biweekly garbage collectors experience double health hazards with coronavirus and all the toxic materials, but they still work around to make your households sanitary. If your city government implements a certain waste segregation ordinance, then do it religiously. If there’s none, then at least CONSIDER THEIR WELFARE — mind what might cause them physical injuries (sharp objects, broken mirror, etc.), seal the trash bag, and contain the foul smell.
 The law enforcers — soldiers, police officers, and barangay tanods (local watchmen) — might have experienced the worst headaches with the quarantine and curfew violators, but they still keep on risking their lives for the safety and order of the community. You don’t have to raise your voice at them or argue with them just for you to escape the penalties for your hardheadedness, rather BE A LAW-ABIDING AND RESPONSIBLE CITIZEN — the least you can do to help them.
 You’ve got no idea how many random people (others are possibly infected and coronavirus carriers) the wet market vendors must deal with each day just to make decent sales and survive the quarantine days just as you do. SKIP HAGGLING OVER THE PRICE FOR NOW if you think it’s already reasonable. Bring your own shopping bag and make them save on another piece of plastic (that’s a major pollutant after all).
 More than anything else, DON’T BE A SILENT CORONAVIRUS CARRIER. Wear masks when going out for important errands — going to the grocery, wet market or pharmacy, making bank transactions, handling your donations, and lending a hand to other frontliners and volunteers — and don’t risk the lives of others if you believe you already have the symptoms. Our frontliners opt to stay outside for you to stay safe at home.
Say ‘thank you’ at all times, consider their welfare, be a law-abiding and responsible citizen, give them a tip if you can, skip making a haggle over price for now, and stay at home — these are the least you can do to show your gratitude and help our non-healthcare frontliners. Together, WE HEAL AS ONE.
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