Many have been gravely worried about the crisis brought about by COVID-19, let alone its long-term consequences. But the outpouring of responses from private individuals and civic and faith-based groups have offered grounds to hope that there is there is no shortage of kindness and goodwill.
As public support for frontliners continuously pours out, we also salute the spirit of voluntarism of some of our alumni and students who are able to form networks and plug the gaps of the needs for more personal protective equipment (PPE).
IT graduate Kenneth Sotto is taking the lead in the distribution of 194 face shields, 196 face masks, 111 PPE suits, and 34 misting and disinfecting machines through his Project Abroad Philippines. Some 17 health centers and frontline offices in northern Cebu benefit from concerted fundraising efforts among private individuals and civic groups here and abroad. Sotto is currently the country director of the foundation.
Mechanical Technology graduate Dhartte Kristian Yballe is able to finish 200 do-it-yourself face shields with the help of his brods from Pi Gamma Phi 1975. These are turned over to a rural health unit in Balamban. Donations in cash are used to purchase grocery items for the tricycle drivers in Balamban.
Electrical Eng’g Technology student Jommel Salogaol reports that he and members of Immanuel Fellowship Cebu Church Center have completed 694 DIY face shields through a sponsorship from Jojo Vergara of Balamban Liempo. Such altruistic actions in the long run would be a catalyst for better integration and allow government to find better ways to address the needs to work together and direct resources where they are most needed.
Jommel Salogaol enjoys his milkshake after completing 200 units of face shields in a day. More to come!