As the country continues to cope with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, GMA Regional TV (RTV) remains committed to aid Kapuso in the regions through its “Kapuso Barangayan on Wheels”—with the first wave benefiting more than 2,000 families and the second phase set to begin this August.
Launched last May, “Kapuso Barangayan on Wheels” is a mobile version of GMA RTV’s “Kapuso Barangayan,” originally a community activity held in key barangays across the regions. As various provinces and cities have been placed under community quarantine, GMA RTV modified it to Kapuso Barangayan on Wheels to reach more communities and directly provide its residents essential items they urgently need.
For the first wave, the Kapuso Barangayan on Wheels focused on North Central Luzon; Central and Eastern Visayas; Western Visayas; and North, Central and Southern Mindanao.
In North Central Luzon, more than 400 Kapuso families from various barangays were given food and grocery packs by GMA Dagupan.
While the “Kapuso Barangayan on Wheels” has been temporarily discontinued in Cebu following the declaration of the Enhanced Community Quarantine in the province, GMA Central and Eastern Visayas was able to provide fresh veggies and poultry to more than 200 families during the first wave of the activity.
In Western Visayas, some 940 families received breakfast food packs via the various "Kapuso Barangayan on Wheels" held in different barangays.
GMA RTV also activated its teams in North, Central, and Southern Mindanao to reach more than 400 families who received grocery packs.
To further instill hope in the hearts of the beneficiaries, each pack of "Kapuso Barangayan on Wheels" items included notes with messages of encouragement from the anchors and hosts of GMA Regional TV’s newscasts and morning programs: 'Balitang Amianan,' 'Balitang Bisdak,' 'One Western Visayas,' 'One Mindanao,' 'GMA Regional Weekend News,' 'GMA Regional TV Live!,' and 'At Home with GMA Regional TV.'
“Through the ‘Kapuso Barangayan on Wheels,’ GMA Regional TV aims to not just provide essential items but instill hope as well to all our Kapuso in the regions,” said GMA Regional TV and Synergy Vice President and Head Oliver Amoroso.
“We wish to extend our heartfelt thanks to all our partners across the Philippines. We also commend our regional events teams whose dedication allowed us to realize every Kapuso Barangayan on Wheels activity. We will roll out the second wave of Kapuso Barangayan on Wheels with the hope that we can help more communities and families in these very challenging times,” Amoroso added.
“Kapuso Barangayan on Wheels” is scheduled to begin this month with the aim of reaching more communities with around 4,200 family-beneficiaries. Ensuring the safety and welfare of everyone involved in “Kapuso Barangayan on Wheels,” GMA RTV continues to strictly observe all preventive measures in conducting its outreach project in coordination with the LGUs, government agencies and other partners.