Certainly no one likes COVID -19. Firstly, it has created fear among us that isfear of suddenly losing our lives as many have already lost their loved ones. It has made many people lose their means of living. It has also limitedeveryone’s mobility. Trips via boats and planes have been cancelled. No more picnics. No more parties regardless of whatever celebrations. No more handshakes. No more beso-beso. For some time almost all places appeared like deserted towns as people or vehicles were no longer seen in the streets. That was not normal and no one was prepared for it, that somehow everyone must have reasons for hating it. Despite however the fear and our hatred for COVID some good things came out of it. While confined to their homesit has increased the bonding time between parents and their kids. Entrepreneurial skills were enhanced and developed and not a few have devoted their time to tending vegetablegardensand flowering or ornamental plants. As social distancingwas enforced it did not take long for everyone to adapt the new normal where everyone is expected to wear masks or face shields. Above all it has rekindled in us the virtue of helping or extending assistance to others. Thus ZaNorTE-MPC in its mission toserve,after President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, Gov. Roberto Y. Uy,and Mayor Darel T. Uy declared the national, provincial, and city lockdownsrespectively,has been relentless in its services and operations amid the General Community Quarantine. Safe and health protocols were strictly observedand implemented such as: No face mask no entry policy, hand washing and sanitizing, thermal scanning,footbath and social distancing. And for the safety of both employees and transacting members, only ten (10) members were allowed to transact/stay in the office at a time.
ZaNorTE-MPC also joined the BAYANIHAN ACT whereno monthly payment of members were to be collected for two (2) months. (March and April 2020)