Infecting almost all countries of the world, the Covid-19 has literally turned every one’s idea of normalcy upside down, the hullaballoo testing each one’s resiliency.
UNP, as a public service institution, immediately launched programs to reach communities affected by the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) declared March 16 by President Rodrigo R. Duterte.
Ilocos Sur governor Ryan Luis V. Singson declared suspension of classes in all levels on March 12.
Face shields were made out of the old caps donated by athletes, faculty, and staff used during Family Days and sports events. From these, less than 500 face shields were made.
In addition, improvised face shields were also made out of acetate sheets, strapped only with rubber bands and foam strips and pasted with stickers with the ‘UNP brand.’
Faculty of the Laboratory Schools also initiated the sewing of face masks which were given to frontliners along with the face shields.
Meanwhile, science faculty were in charge in producing 40 liters of ethyl alcohol. A large percentage of the product was turned over to Gabriela Silang General Hospital and the rest was for the frontliners manning checkpoints in Vigan, Caoayan, Bantay, Sta. Catalina, and San Vicente.
President Cadorna led the distribution of these materials. He was accompanied by faculty and staff volunteers.
The command center of the Inter-Agency Task Force of Ilocos Sur received the face shields.
In addition, 30 faculty and staff of the University who reside in Ayusan Norte, Vigan City raised more than Php 60,000. This was used in the purchase of 50 sacks of rice donated to 495 less fortunate families of the said barrio.
Atty. Jonalyn R. Almachar, University/Board Secretary of UNP, stated that their voluntary contribution is a way of helping the needy, an act which starts in one’s immediate community.
“It was joyful because we were able to make our kabarangayan happy,” Atty. Almachar emphasized.