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CPAf students and other UPLB graduate students initiate fundraising for medical frontliners

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by Stoix Nebin S. Pascua

CPAf students and other UPLB graduate students were able to raise more than Php320,000 to buy personal protective equipment (PPE) and other hospital supplies for medical frontliners in Laguna and Bulacan.

Sa PPE nakasalalay ang kaligtasan ng ating mga frontliners (Our frontliners depend on the PPE for their safety),” explained Ms. Rubiriza Resuello, one of the founding members of Pagkalinga and a CPAf graduate student taking PhD in Community Development.

Pagkalinga, meaning “to care”, is a movement initiated by eight CPAf graduate students taking PhD in Community Development, Extension Education, and Development Studies. They were later joined by several UPLB graduate students who share a common cause to reach out and give hope to communities in need. From April 12 to 30, Pagkalinga facilitated “Project Pag-abot”, a donation drive to keep healthcare professionals safe from COVID-19. 

“A total of 364 PPE, 433 shoe covers, 298 face shields, 100 N95 face masks, and 5 boxes of three-ply face masks were distributed to 9 hospitals, 6 Rural Health Units (RHUs), and 3 Local Government Units (LGUs) in Laguna; and a hospital in Bulacan through the initiative of Ms. Leah Indon, a Pagkalinga founding member,” Resuello shared. Distribution of PPE and other hospital supplies were done on April 17 for the first batch and April 24 for the second batch.

The hospitals in Laguna include the Dr. Jose P. Rizal Memorial District Hospital; HealthServ Los Baños Medical Center (in partnership with SEARCA Scholars Association); Laguna Doctors Hospital, Inc.; Los Baños Doctors Hospital and Medical Center; Laguna Provincial Hospital - Bay District Hospital; Laguna Provincial Hospital - Majayjay District Hospital; Pamana Medical Center; Panlalawigan Pagamutan ng Laguna - San Pablo (San Pablo City District Hospital); and San Pablo City General Hospital. The Emmanuel Hospital Dialysis Center was the beneficiary in Bulacan.

PPE and other hospital supplies were also delivered to RHUs of Liliw, Magdalena (in partnership with the Sta. Cruz Watershed Integrated Management Association and the City Environment and Natural Resources Office of Sta. Cruz), Majayjay, Nagcarlan, Rizal, and Sta. Cruz; and LGUs of Los Baños (Brgy. Batong Malake), Bay, and Nagcarlan (Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office) in Laguna.

For the third and last time, Pagkalinga will be distributing PPE and other hospital supplies to three healthcare facilities in Laguna on May 2. These supplies include 62 PPE, 100 N95 face masks, 50 shoe covers, 50 face shields, 10 boxes of surgical gloves, 5 boxes of three-ply face masks, and 5 gallons of alcohol. The chosen healthcare facilities are Biñan Doctors’ Hospital, Inc.; St. John the Baptist Medical Center, Inc.; and the University Health Service of UPLB.

Meanwhile, Pagkalinga’s commitment to communities in need continues. The St. Martin de Porres Kids’ Home in San Pablo City received “gifts of nourishment” from the family and friends of Pagkalinga. Two sacks of milled rice, four trays of eggs, breads, canned juices, and sweet potatoes, among other food items were given to the said institution. The St. Martin de Porres Kids’ Home is a duly registered temporary shelter that serves as a transitional home for male street children who were abandoned, orphaned, neglected, abused, maltreated, unsupervised, and uncared for.

“For all our donors and friends, thank you for investing in our passion project. We appreciate your generous donations and confidence in our cause. Together, let us pledge support and commitment to communities in need. Muli, maraming salamat po (Again, thank you very much),” Ms. Resuello said.

Other founding members of Pagkalinga also include Mr. Merardo Camba, Jr.; Ms. Judith Jimena; Mr. Paul Jersey Leron; Ms. Almira Magcawas; Ms. Patricia Anne Medina; and Ms. Jean Amparo Tanalega. Further, Ms. Kamla Lavadia and Mr. Kevin Reyes helped out in the project.

To learn more about Pagkalinga and their activities, you may visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PagkalingaCommunity/.

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