Bela Padilla starts online fundraiser for street vendors

Heidi Hsia

17 Mar – While others are busy handling their own personal matters following the lockdown of the Metro Manila area due to COVID-19, Bela Padilla has been busy thinking of the street vendors who would suffer from the decision.

As reported on Push, the actress recently took to Twitter to share her concern over the "taho, sampaguita, chips and basahan vendors" on EDSA who may have issues earning money for their family for the whole month.

"The best solution I came up with is for us to donate. I set up an account, and whatever money we do raise, let's split 16 ways for the 16 cities of metro Manila affected by this community quarantine," she tweeted.

Padilla stated that she will make sure herself that the money will go to the right people.

"During this inevitable pandemic, there will be a lot of Filipinos who won't be able to rely on their normal sources of income. Our favorite taho, dirty ice cream and bananacue vendors won't be able to secure enough money to guarantee food for their families at the end of the day for one month until our community quarantine is over," she said.

However, the actress stressed that she will not encourage a house-to-house donation as it would be against the idea of less contact and stopping the virus from spreading further.

The fundraising campaign has raised over P54,000 as of 16 March.

(Photo Source: Bela Padilla Instagram)