UP Vanguard heeds call to help efforts against COVID-19

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 8) — A group composed of graduates of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) from the University of the Philippines is heeding the government’s call to help in COVID-19 efforts.

Speaking at Wednesday’s Laging Handa briefing, Guido Delgado, the national commander of the UP Vanguard Incorporated, said cadets and some alumni have been mobilized to lend a hand during the crisis.

“Minobilize namin yung mga kadete ng UP at beyond that, pinatawag din natin yung almuni ng UP ROTC na mga miyembro ng UP Vanguard,” Delgado said.

[Translation: We’ve mobilized the UP cadets and beyond that, we called on the alumni of the UP ROTC that are members of the UP Vanguard.]

During President Rodrigo Duterte’s April 3 address to discuss the COVID-19 situation in the country he said, “I’m calling upon mga ROTC, get in touch with DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development). Doon sa mga siyudad, just give your accreditation, maybe an ID at makatulong kayo.”

[Translation: I’m calling upon the ROTC, get in touch with the DSWD. Those in the cities, just give your accreditation, maybe an ID and you can help.]

Delgado said they have also assisted students stranded in three UP campuses: Diliman, Los Baños, and Baguio.

The group has also distributed personal protective equipment to several hospitals in Metro Manila, and they hope to be able to extend help to other facilities and frontliners, he added.

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