Executive Director Romeo Carlos reported that as of March 20, 2020, PHP 400,000.00 had been collected from members of the Board of Directors as donations for the financial needs of stranded dormitory residents in Diliman and Los Baños.
With the COVID-19 pandemic and its threat against the country, it has brought great obstruction to the normal lifestyle and routine of people. And in the case of the UP dormitory residents. With the lockdown implemented, the students have been stranded in campus and off-campus dormitories and are having difficulties with their necessities such as food, hygiene needs, and even transport going home.
With the effort of the University of the Philippines, the university facilitates the said concern, the UP Office and various organizations have organized opportunities so that the residents receive assistance in these times. With the different UP Chapters’ engagement to the matter, it has hastened the effort of bringing the students home and assisting them with their necessities while being in their dormitories.
Here’s the summary of how the UP Chapters have taken action:
In the University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD), The UPD’s University Food Service has initiated an operation, where they prepare meals for the dormitory residents on everyone on the campus.
The UPD University Student Council (USC) has initiated IskoOps, which has helped more than 250 students, and even vendors and jeepney drivers have also benefited from the launched IskoOps, which are also affected by the enhanced community quarantine.
By far, the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), the university have launched an Oplan Kawingan, and Oplan Hatid. Where the 517 students in the University-administered dormitories, 106 UPLB partner institutions housing facilities located inside the campus, and more than 900 who have lived off-campus. With the number of students stranded, the UPLB produces PhP 1.9 million every week to make sure that everyone stranded will receive 3 meals a day while they are stranded on the campus.
Oplan Kawingan is a food drive from the consolidated effort of the UPLB, Evey Nation Campus, Serve the People Brigade Task Force Community Unit Response, Chelsea’s, volunteers, and independent contractors, and with the support of the Barangay Batong Malake.
Many other institutions have also lent their help to the stranded residents by offering their products as donations. For instance, the UPLB Dairy Training and Research Institute, every two weeks, deliver milk and white cheese to the dormitories on campus two times a week. The Institute of Plant Breeding also has provided its products to the dormitory. Organizations like the UPLB USC, UPLB All UP Academic Employees Union, Bounty Agro Ventures Inc., Art Relief Mobile Kitchen and many others more have continued to provide the stranded alumni.
In the University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV), facilitated by the I Am UPHi, The UP Iloilo College (UPV’s former name and status) Class of 1961 has reached out to help the stranded dorm residents where they received donations from the alumni of 1961. the UP Visayas (UPV) Community Donation Drive, The UP Danay, a play on the Ilonggo word “updanay,” which means coming together or fellowship.
in return for the donations they have received, the UPV dorm residents have helped distribute 1,500 face shields they have created themselves to pay it forward, they have been making the face shields from March 18 to March 20.
The UPV Bulletin has released on March 20, on how the administration facilitates the transport of their operations on Panay-based UP stranded students, so they can finally go home, thus studying more about the implementations of health protocols that are currently being been studied.
Meanwhile at the University of the Philippines Mindanao (UPMin), by spearheading the donation drive, the Office of Student Affairs (OSA), has provided asssistance for theirassistanceormitory residents. UPMin faculty, students and student organizations, alumni, and the friends of UP have walked side by side to be of help to the students. By committing to these the Office of Student Affairs (OSA) Health Services and Student Housing units have remained on duty to better monitor the student’s necessities and concerns.
Lastly, the University of the Philippines Baguio (UPB), with the distribution of what they have referred to as the “care packs”, have made it to their stranded dormitory, both in campus dorm residents and off-campus. By the facilitation of the UPB Ugnayan ng Pahinungod, they have organized the donations that are given with the help of the volunteer faculty members. With the transportation covered by the university, students that have decided to go home are assisted by the UPB Administration. Following the health protocols, the students undergo these off of by the local and national government during the enhanced community quarantine period.
As a whole, the Bayanihan Spirit of the UP Community has served a lot of help to all the students stranded residents of dormitories of the universities and even the essential workers, as the university who carries the responsibility to serve the people, it has shown in these difficult times how we can act to assist those who are struggling.