Student Leader Rises Amid Crisis

Jeffrey Caseda (far left) joins volunteers in packing relief goods.

Government officials in both national and local levels are doing serious juggling right now, trying to solve the COVID-19 crisis and address the immediate needs of the people, all while trying to keep everyone well. In communities where resources are scarce, this can be difficult at best.

But nothing beats a collaborative efforts among barangay officials, volunteers, and even youth leaders who work together in order to cushion the economic impact of the enhanced community quarantine on affected constituents.

In Barangay Tapilon, Daanbantayan, CITE Electrical Engineering Technology student and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) official Jeffrey Caseda lent his downtime manning quarantine control points together with barangay volunteers and officials and helping in the packing of food supplies and relief goods to affected residents.

Jeffrey also divides his time between checkpoint duties and relief operations.

For a barangay of estimated population of 9000, the local government unit led by Barangay Captain Mark Anthony Luche was able to distribute 2700 relief packs consisting of 5 kilograms of rice to address the struggles of residents and transients in finding their next meals due to loss of income and less mobilization due to COVID-19.

A bird’s eye view of the busy volunteers while doing relief operations.

The relief operation was made possible by the generosity of volunteers, student leaders and sponsors amid the unprecedented time of crisis.