LGUs can coordinate with religious institutions to bring these kinds of services to citizens.
The Diocese of Novaliches has launched an online platform to reach out to isolated COVID-19 patients.
The "E-Pray," an initiative of the Novaliches Diocese’s social communications ministry, allows a patient to connect to a priest for spiritual counseling and prayer.
According to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), the project uses Google Form, a free web-based application, where people can type in their contact details such as mobile number or messenger account so that a priest could get in touch with them.
The platform will be manned by a number of volunteers who will match any sick person with a priest available.
Around 30 priests from across the country and one from New York have so far volunteered to listen and pray with the COVID-19 patients.
However, they can only offer to pray for those requesting for a sick to be anointed or those requesting for confession.